Officials with the Rutherford County Board of Education sent a letter out Thursday to more than 700 parents of Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School informing them that bedbugs had been found inside the school.
Board spokesman James Evans said the bugs were discovered Monday on a student’s backpack, which was immediately put into a plastic bag and isolated from anything else until the end of the school day. That student was later sent home with the sealed bag after notifying the parents.
An exterminator was called to the school that same day to fumigate the building, and an integrated pest management plan has also been implemented in light of the discovery.
Evans said the letter, which was described as a precautionary message, was sent to all parents because the student had been to multiple classrooms. Administrators also said they wanted to make sure parents know what symptoms are associated with a bedbug bite and received basic educational information about bedbugs.
Bedbugs are not known to carry any diseases, though a bite usually causes the skin to swell and itch, much like a mosquito bite.