MARYSVILLE, Wash. — When students returned to classes at Marysville’s Pilchuck High School last week, they were joined by some unwelcome guests — rats.
School district officials say the rod ents likely entered the school after the district cleared debris from the campus over the summer.
Pilchuck High students didn’t mince words about sharing their school with rodents.
“It’s kind of disgusting,” said freshman Cameron Kearney.
“I think that’s pretty nasty,” said student Seth O’Brien.
Most students haven’t seen a rat in the school, but they’ve certainly seen evidence of them.
“They chewed through a hose in the vacuum we just got for our classroom,” said student Tyanna Davis.
The sophomore says the rats got into her Leadership Club classroom, where students work on craft project. District officials said the rats also ate their way through a number of the school’s science kits used for classroom experiments. A student named Davis said some of them were stored in her biology classroom.
“In our biology class they ate through the plastic,” she said. “I saw rat poop.”
The district cut down some brush fields and cleared debris from campus prior to the new school year, which may have driven the rats inside. However they got in, parents hope their stay is short lived.
“I’m sure they take it really seriously. It’s an older building, so I’m sure the rats were eager to move in,” said parent Jen Dobesh.
Dobesh’s son, Sam, is a sophomore at Pilchuck. She didn’t know about the rats, until Tuesday because Same didn’t think to mention it to her.
The District said rodents were also spotted in the high school’s stadium and at the district’s warehouse. In a statement, the district said it takes the issue “very seriously” and is working with pest control firms. Officials have also increased custodial staff and implemented rat prevention measures.
“Last Thursday when we went to the library, they told us not to leave any food cause there’s rats,” said student Seth O’Brien.
Students said “No Food” signs that mention rodent concerns are posted inside the school, which seem to be limited to certain sections of the school.
“It’s really kind of gross and unhealthy. I don’t want to be around where rats were,” said Davis.
The District said at this point it doesn’t know the total costs associated with the rodent removal, but said pest control contracts are in place ever year. The district added – the school will also get a safety inspection.
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