P.S. 58 on Bed Bug Alert

A notice was sent home with children that a confirmed bug had been found in the Carroll Gardens elementary school

Has The Carroll School caught bed bugs? According to a notice sent home with children on Tuesday night, yes.

"My kids go to and there was a flyer in the kids' folder yesterday stating that it's confirmed that there are bed bugs in the school," a concerned parent wrote to Patch on Wednesday morning.

The document, which the parent shared with Carroll Gardens Patch on the condition of anonymity, appears on PS 58 stationery from Principal Giselle McGee dated May 14.

"We recently found a confirmed bed bug in your child's school," the letter reads, followed by a description of the symptoms and aftermath of a bed bug bite.

"Finding a bed bug does not mean that our school is infested," the notice goes on to say. "Bed bugs are often unknowingly brought into schools by building occupants and as a result we may have future sightings."

Calls to the Smith St. school did not immediately yield a comment from the Principal Giselle McGee.

But one anonymous person Patch reached at the main switchboard did acknowledge that a single bug had been identified on a child and that a technician will be coming in for the second time later this week, the source stated.

The complete flyer sent home with students is attached in the gallery.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Jenny May 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
probably a good idea to have professionals come in. especially if children are involved.
Louise May 19, 2012 at 03:15 AM
This is insane..I've lived in Red Hook all my life. My Mom used to check my head and my brothers head. Never had lice...Bed bugs? Some on here feel it is a natural thing to be infested with bed bugs. I was born in the Red Hook Projects and we had all different races..Black,Puerto Rican & white folks in the projects and I never never heard of any one of our neighbors having bed bugs. Since the changing of the neighborhoods and the different people moving in and coming from all over the States that is when bed bugs were starting to be noticed. I think I would have had heart failure to know that we had BED BUGS? Stop having these clothing swaps and stop taking furniture in from the curb...Back in the day if I saw a hard covered novel on a stoop I would be thrilled, now? No thank you...I think a little bit more cleaning like in the old days we did our own cleaning and come Saturdays..you can smell the cleaning being done..no sitting in Urban Gardens all day long..cleaning done? No bed bugs..uggghhhh how disgusting, I'd rather see a mouse...
Louise May 19, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Not pointing the finger at any one, just saying...
J.J.Burkard May 19, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Christine Gaffney, thanks for the lesson about bedbugs.....But my opinion is derived not from books, but from experience...when a yougster attending PS 27. I'm 82 years old now, so this was a very long time again.....Parents knew that these critters were difficult to get rid of...Like termites, they hid in every nook and cranny....We didn't worry about showering because we had no showers....Indeed we were lucky to have a bathtub or even hot water to bathe with....But parents knew also it took much scrubbing with old fashion kirkman brown soap to kill these pests. and anything else didn't help much. The information you are giving about bed bugs not being hygenicly related is merely lulling people into a false sense of complacency, and it is not fair to use this anology.... good hygene habits does, both rid, and prevent, insect infestation, expecially bed bugs, and head lice.....Ignorance of this information is probably the main reason for the epidemic....Yes, anyone can be an unwitting carryer...But the source is more likely to be an uneducated person's responsibilty....My original comment pointed out if we continue hiding this fact or refuse to acknowlege its existance...It will be a long time and much expence before a simple solution is found...This is not a reflection on anyones character, or social standing, it is just a fact.....JjB.....
Louise May 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Ooppsss. Was talking to my girlfriend last night and she said I was insane..I guess I blocked it out of my head BUT YES we had head lice..I guess I blocked it out it has been over 60 years, thank God for that. My Mom had a metal fine tooth comb to get rid of the nits(the eggs). We caught them from one girl in the building. And did you know that if you are a blond you get blond bugs, red headed, red bugs, brown hair brown bugs. It is crazy but it is true. So again sorry about that and felt bad...LOL so we were not the perfect children but we had no F#$%^N bed bugs.....


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