Councilman Calls Astoria School’s Bedbug Situation ‘Mind-Boggling’

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Just days away from the start of the new school year, there’s fresh concern about bedbugs in the classroom.

The situation is bugging people in Queens, where inspectors found bedbugs in Astoria’s P.S. 70 last winter, but never notified anyone, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Hears From Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.

According to the Daily News, there was no directive to notify schools when bedbugs were found until February of 2011, which is apparently why inspectors kept mum.

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is furious about the situation and said parents are demanding answers.

“How could an inspection be done and bedbugs be found without ever notifying the principal and how in the world can parents not be immediately notified so that they can take precautions?” he asked.

The critters were found in a closet of the school building, but the Education Department search team never notified the school principal or parents.

“We understand bedbugs may exist, but a minimum, tell the parents. Tell the principal and tell the parents. How that could not be done is just mind-boggling,” Vallone Jr. said.

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  • irrate parent in Astoria Queens

    Not only is there no directive to notify the schools, but the schools are forbidden from notifying parents and or sending kids home when bed bugs or bed bug bites on student’s bodies are found! The children are allowed to remain in school thereby possibly passing the bugs on to other unsuspecting kids via clothing or even the classroom itself . This whole thing is beyond absurd , it is completely irresponsible! If someone would take responsibility and ownership, then maybe we could get this epidemic under control, but not if we turn a blind eye!! WAKE UP NYC DOE!!!! WAKE UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING!

  • Concerned Citizen

    Bedbugs typically hide near their prey; humans. I’m surprised they weren’t found in upholstered chairs, or in crevices in desks. A closet? That’s a little strange.
    Does the school have a bat problem, by chance? Bat bugs look similar to bedbugs…

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