‘Everybody was talking about it’: Harding HS on edge after bed bug scare

Harding HS on edge after bed bug scare

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two weeks after parents at Renaissance West STEAM Academy learned about bed bugs inside their kids’ school, Channel 9 has learned Harding University High School is warning parents about bed bugs.

After getting phone calls into the Channel 9 newsroom, we reached out to CMS, who shared information about Bed Bug Prevention that was shared with staff at Harding and a district representative shared a letter that was sent to parents saying, “An isolated case of a student with what appears to be bites from bed bugs were reported and observed. There have not been any bed bugs found on campus in our classrooms.”

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“They told us to keep our bookbags off the floor,” student Jadyn Law said. “Very concerning.”

This comes just about two weeks after we told you parents at Renaissance West STEAM Academy got a letter saying “An isolated case of bed bugs has been reported in your child’s classroom. The source of the bed bugs cannot be determined.”

Eyewitness News anchor Elsa Gillis learned Renaissance was treated for bed bugs over the weekend as a preventative measure, according to a recent letter sent to parents and staff. It said the building was also “inspected by specially trained dogs that sniff out bed bugs.”

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As for Harding, student Javarieh Peterkin said he sees staff working to keep the school clean.

“They be cleaning, they be trying to keep it clean,” Peterkin said. “I’m cool, unless I go home with bed bugs.”

In the letter sent to Harding families, students and staff, it said proper preventative steps have been put into place and they are following district protocols for treatment and extermination.

It also said at this time, there is no cause for concern.

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