Flea Outbreak Shuts Down School

Students in one Martin County high school were sent home early on the first day back to school -- because of a flea outbreak.

On Monday students at Jamesville High School went home at noon after fleas were found in parts of the school, biting students and teachers.

Martin County superintendent Dr. Tom Daly says he thought he'd seen everything in his 33 years in education.

Jamesville High has about 275 students in grades 7 through 12.

The problem began Thursday when fleas were found in one classroom. The next day they spread to several rooms and an exterminator was called in and treated the rooms.

The school thought the problem would be solved by the time students reported Monday morning.

But Dr. Daly says several students and teachers were bitten and parts of the school were evacuated to the nearby elementary school at 10 am. By noon the decision was made to close the school altogether.

Today school is back in session with the infested areas closed off. Students in the 7th and 8th grades have moved to the elementary school, while those in the high school are being taught in other areas of the high school.

Dr. Daly hopes Friday's treatment will soon kill all the fleas and the school can return to normal.

About half of the students at Jamesville High School had to be moved because of the flea problem.


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  • by Brandy Location: Plymouth NC on Sep 4, 2007 at 01:48 PM
    After 1 month the students are still being bitten by fleas in certain classrooms. The problem has not been tooken care of. Is it going to take one of these students getting sick from a flea bite to learn that this is a problem that Martin County Schools need to take care of.
  • by Mary Location: Jamesville on Aug 13, 2007 at 01:37 PM
    You know this school needs to be made into a museum!!! It's been here since 19-before 40 or 50 something. Those students need and diserve a new school!!! Whole families have been educated the grandparents, children and now grandchildren and possibly greatgrand children. This is a major over look in in the Martin county school system!!! And now FLEAS!!!! People get these students a new school!!!
  • by Brandy Location: New Bern on Aug 8, 2007 at 12:25 PM
    how in the world did a school of all places get fleas? thats just crazy
  • by James Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    Lets hope the kids don't show up with flea collars on. ROFL!
  • by Ernest Location: Jamesville on Aug 7, 2007 at 03:11 PM
    Those fleas should have been gone a long time ago and done graduated. They've been there 6 years now!!
  • by Steve Location: Raleigh on Aug 7, 2007 at 10:02 AM
    I hear K9 Advantix works great!
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