View Full Version : All NYC Bedbugs invading NYC classrooms at alarming rate, but Education Dept. says there's no epidemic

11-05-2010, 09:38 AM
This from NYDailyNews.com (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/11/05/2010-11-05_pests_got_no_class_li_alarming_numbers_of_bedbu gs_in_schools_li_dept_of_ed_says_.html) by Jennifer H. Cunningham and Rachel Monahan:
Bedbugs are creeping their way into city classrooms in record numbers.

As the city sees a surge in the itsy-bitsy pests, schools are experiencing a spike in confirmed cases - 336 in the first two months of this school year compared with 135 in the same stretch last year.

That's on track to surpass last year's record of 1,019 cases.

"I think it's an epidemic. Bedbugs are everywhere," said Anna Shter, 37, whose son is a kindergartner at Brooklyn's Public School 200, where bedbugs were discovered twice in the last month.

Brianna Simmons, 10, a fifth-grader at the school, reacted with surprise when she learned of the problem from officials, she recalled.

"I was, like, 'OMG, there's bedbugs in the school,'" she said.

Education Department officials would not provide a list of all schools affected by bedbugs, stressing that a confirmed case can be the discovery of a single bug.

They insist there isn't an epidemic since schools have few beds and, therefore, have not become breeding grounds.

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