School cafeteria shut down by roach infestation

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The cafeteria at Cedartown High School is shutting down after efforts to clamp down on a cockroach infestation have failed.

11Alive received photos and tips about roaches in the food from viewers. The photos show bugs floating in peaches, an antenna sticking out of jello, and roach crawling near the jello cups. Kat Hansbrough is one of the viewers that sent in a tip, "Never in my life have I seen such horrible eating conditions in an institution where Children should feel safe," she said.

Tenth grader Holli Staples was one of the first to spit them.

"It had been cooked into the roll," she said. "What if I had ate it? That's disgusting!"

Holli and fellow student Kellsie Beckom started a petition, asking the school to do something about the bugs.

The Polk County School Superintendent Dr. William Hunter confirmed the school had been fighting a bug infestation. He said exterminators had been called to the school on three separate occasions, but they haven't been able to get the bug population under control. Hunter said professionals would be called once again to try to get rid of the bugs.

The cafeteria has been shut down for the rest of the school year. Until then, students will eat prepackaged food or food prepared at cafeterias at other schools. "I wouldn't eat in there and I sure won't let kids eat in there," Hunter told 11Alive News.

Polk County Environmental manager Leighann Gaines told 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross she did the health inspection on the cafeteria April 17th. At that time, there were no signs of an infestation. The cafeteria received a 91% on the report. She also said the school has been very proactive in trying to fight the persistent pests. But so far, the bugs have prevailed.

This story came to 11Alive through a viewer tip. Do you have a news tip? Send it to us now.


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