• Roaches, rats found inside another Shelby County school

    By: Alexa Lorenzo

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Shelby County School District found signs of pests in another school, just weeks after Kirby High School was closed indefinitely due to rodent problems. 

    The Shelby County School District said they have started the process of inspecting all schools again after the pest infestation at Kirby.

    FOX13's Alexa Lorenzo uncovered SCS found roaches inside an elementary school’s cafeteria. 

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    We got our hands on the recent inspection report from the Health Department, and Cummings Elementary School received a 98 – despite the report noting the roaches and rat problems. 

    Prior to the start of the new school year in August, the school received a perfect 100 score.  


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    “First thing that comes to mind is gross, and I wouldn’t want my kids going there,” said Netti Walker. 

    Parents also said they knew about the rodent problems in Cummings. 

    The school district said they closed the cafeteria to fix the problem immediately and prevent a pest issue. 

    The school's cafeteria was closed from Friday, Sept. 7 while officials dealt with the problem. Then it reopened Monday. 

    The steps to fix the problems included: 

    • Seals on four doors 
    • Fix two loose wall sockets 
    • Replace one wall socket cover 
    • Start using a specific cleaning agent on cafeteria tables 

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