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Bed bugs found at Rutherford County middle school

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

It seems like bed bugs are popping up everywhere now-a-days, even in classrooms.

Rutherford County Schools sent a letter to 700-plus parents at Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School in Murfreesboro to alert them that bed bugs had been found at the school.

School officials say the pesky bugs were linked to a student on Monday.

"We have an aggressive and transparent procedure for addressing bed bugs. We isolate student belongings, notify parents with a precautionary and informational letter and we have a contracted exterminator on standby to treat schools immediately," said District Spokesman James Evans.

Evans said once an employee spotted the bed bugs, they isolated the student, called their parents and placed their personal belongings in a plastic bag to prevent the bugs from spreading.  

An exterminator was also called to treat the areas that may have been affected.  

School officials said the affected area only required one treatment.

The student has since returned to school.  There are no reports of students being bitten by the bed bugs.

"We have had a handful of cases at other schools throughout the past year or so," said Evans.

"That's definitely a chance you take when you have your children are at public schools," concerned parent Kim Manning said. "I mean they get sick and they could have lice. Lice is a huge thing which really concerns me too and that's unfortunate and I hope they get it under control."

Evans said bed bugs are a community health issue the district deals with now, just like lice and meningitis.

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