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Parents Pulling Kids From Fort Worth School Due To Rat Infestation

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - Administrators of a Fort Worth charter school faced hard questions about the health and safety of their classrooms.

CBS 11 broke the story last week about a rat infestation problem that forced some students outside.

John Dodd, Superintendent of Pinnacle Academy called the meeting with parents to address concerns about rat droppings in classrooms that parents and teachers have documented with photos.

After CBS 11’s story on the problem last week, the Tarrant County Health department started conducting daily inspections.

Tyra Trotter and her family stormed out of the meeting, accusing the charter school’s administrators of hiding the problem for months.

“He spent the entire time not explaining why they lied to us,” says Tyra Trotter, parent.

Other parents complained about medical testing for rodent carrying diseases that was offered to teachers but not students.

“Our kids are small they don’t know not to put things in their mouth and not to touch things that are not sanitized the teachers are grown they do know so I left not satisfied at all,” says Patrice Thrower, parent.

School officials insist that the problem is under control.

Openings in the building have been covered.

The charter school also had pest control at the meeting to answer questions and administrators deny withholding information about what they knew.

“The main thing is we did get the communication out we did come up with an eradication plan,” says John Dodd, Superintendent of Honors Academy which runs Pinnacle.

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