Adams City High School parents upset they weren’t told about possible bedbug problem

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Some upset parents pulled their children out of classes at Adams City High School on Thursday when rumors of a bedbug infestation started circulating.

Students said they heard from some teachers that bedbugs were found in several classrooms Wednesday.

As the rumors made the rounds, the panic of students and parents set in.

Several called, upset the school didn’t notify them of the issue.

Dozens pulled their children out of class before demanding answers about what was going on.

One of them, Jessica Sterns, told her senior class daughter to walk home and leave her school bags in the driveway.

“I haven’t gotten no notes from the school.  Had they found it (Wednesday) and sent notes home with the kids (Wednesday), parents could have judged for themselves. 'Should I send my kid to school today, should I put my kid at risk cause it is a big risk,'” Sterns said.

After several calls, a spokesman for the district said that as a precautionary measure, six classrooms were fumigated Wednesday night after a student and teacher found a dead bedbug inside a book that had been borrowed.

The district said no insects, alive or dead, were found during the two inspections by maintenance crews.

Parents said they still should have been notified about what was going on.

The district said if there was any evidence of bedbugs, parents would have been alerted.

She also said an auto-dialer message did go out to parents Thursday, but that wasn’t until long after the school started getting calls from angry parents.

School will be in session Friday. All classrooms have been given the all-clear.

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