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Single bed bug triggers panic in Greendale Middle School

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LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) - We are all well-aware of Cincinnati's dubious distinction of being the bed bug capital of the world.

Well, not far away, in Lawrenceburg, Ind., kids at one school got a creepy scare Wednesday, when a student squashed what they believe was a single bed bug in the computer lab.

Later in the day, the Principal at Greendale Middle School sent out a mass text message to all parents and staff explaining what had happened, much in the same way they do during a snow emergency or school closing, to alleviate parents fears.

Despite this, a parent we spoke with said one of her youngest kids is afraid to go back to school.

"My son came in the door and said there are bed bugs at school and if he has to go to school tomorrow he's gonna throw-up when he gets there so they'll send him home," said the parent, who did not want to be identified.

The parent said news of a single bed bug in Greendale Middle School's computer lab tore through town in an instant.

"And they were told not to talk about it," the parent explained. "The neighbor kids were running-in after school letting me know that they heard the same thing, and then my sister came, she called, and she'd heard the same thing and the lady down the street heard the same thing."

"A single bug was found in the computer lab at the middle school," said Superintendent Karl Galey, who got the call around lunchtime. "We do not know exactly where it came from."

"And it was picked-up with a band-aid off the floor," the parent said her son had told her. "The science teacher supposedly confirmed that there were bed bugs."

"Obviously we're taking all pre-cautions when it comes to any thing that's brought to our attention," Galey said. "Whether it be bed bugs, whether it be lice, whether it be any case, a situation that could potentially put students at-risk."

Galey said his maintenance staff went in and scoured the carpeted computer room down.

"No," said the parent. "I'm not buying that. My kids get out at 2:35, so unless they scrubbed, in 2 hours, an entire middle school, I'm finding it hard to believe."

The parent said she made her kids stand outside and shake off before coming-in.

"It's frightening," she said. "I don't want them in my house, they're expensive to get rid of, they're hard to get rid of, and then do I send my kid to school and hope that he doesn't get 'em?

"I think it's a lot of hysteria," she said. "But I think it's well-worth it. I think they're extremely hard to get rid of and I don't want 'em."

"To our knowledge right now," Galey said. "We do not have any kind of widespread breakout of any kind of bugs in the schools."

Superintendent Galey said the computer lab has been properly cleaned up and checked for any more bugs.

None were found. He said students were actually back in the computer lab using it, right up until school let out this afternoon. 

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