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Parents concerned about bed bug situation at New Haven school

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A bed bug situation is causing many parents to panic in New Haven after the school district said one was found at Hillhouse High School this week.

Parents said they feel the school district has been trying to sweep this under the rug, and claim that it's worse than they're letting on.

Clarence Boyd, of New Haven, said he’s upset about this, but not over the discovery of the bed bugs at his son’s school, but rather how the district handled the whole situation.

“I just need the definition of isolated incident if they keep coming up with more and more bed bug situations,” Boyd said. "I don't have faith in the school system because still to this day, they haven't solved the so called isolated incident with the bed bugs so who am I to believe.”

According to the emails obtained by Eyewitness News, Hillhouse’s building manager wrote the principal last week saying “Unfortunately there has been another confirmed bed bug here at Hillhouse. I am told it is the same student from last time. Can I have a list of classrooms/areas this child has been in so we can steam clean?”

Three days later, the principal emailed the staff, telling them to read a statement that said “There is a rumor spreading that there are bed bugs in the school. That rumor is not true. There was an isolated situation that has been addressed…central office will send out a statement to parents that clarifies the incident and assures everyone that the proper protocols were followed.”

On Wednesday, a pest control truck was seen outside of the school, and Boyd said that only raised more suspicions.

"Tuesday was a photo of a bug, and then it was a situation yesterday, where they found another bed bug, on another student.  Every day it's something different, but they're not going to say anything because they want to keep it as isolated and that they've taken care of it. They haven't taken care of it,” Boyd said.

Eyewitness News was told there was going to be a meeting on Thursday regarding the bed bugs, however no further information was released.

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