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Parent Concerned About Bed Bugs at a Tulsa Elementary School

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:39:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — A parent is concerned bed bugs could be coming home with her student from Tulsa Legacy Charter School.

"They're big, they are bumpy She complains a lot, she cries," Sommers said.

Lauryn Sommers tells us she is frustrated because she's reached out for help, but has found no solutions.

"I've told the principal and the teacher a few times," Sommers said. "They keep telling me that they are treating the bed bugs at the school. But, they just keep coming back and I'd like it to stop."

Sommers says her five-year-old daughter has come home with bed bugs on her four times this school year.

Once last fall, again in January, and most recently about a week ago.

"She doesn't like bringing bugs back home and she doesn't like the fact that she has to take the clothes off and her back pack and put them in the dryer when she gets home," Sommers said.

She says it's tough to explain to her daughter that it's not her fault.

"She cries, she doesn't want to go to school because she doesn't want to come home with bugs on her," Sommers said. "She doesn't like the fact that she brings bugs home and she doesn't like getting bit at school."

No one from Tulsa Legacy Charter School wanted to talk on camera.

In a statement they tell 2 works for you their were two incidents reported last fall.

They say the school did a deep cleaning and notified parents.

But Sommers says no one from the school has reached out to her.

"We use this app called parent square and I haven't gotten anything on that app about bed bugs yet so maybe it's coming," Sommers said.

The statement from the school goes on to say they take student safety very seriously.

And will continue to take precautions to protect the health of the student body.

Here is the full statement:

Tulsa Legacy Charter School issued the following statement to address a health incident that occurred at the school in the fall of 2019:

The health and well-being of our scholars are at the forefront of Tulsa Legacy Charter School’s (TLCS) mission. Two incidents of bed bugs were reported last fall. School leadership took prompt action to deep clean our facilities and notify parents. TLCS takes student safety very seriously and we continue to take precautions to protect the health of our student body.
Kiana Smith, executive director at Tulsa Legacy Charter School

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