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Rodents A Constant Sight In Roosevelt Island School

Rodents A Constant Sight In Roosevelt Island School


TONIGHT WE SPEAK TO THE BALLET DANCER HAILED A HERO FOR JUMPING TO THE RESCUE. I’VE NEVER SEEN A SIGHT THAT LOOKS LIKE THE BACK OF THIS SCHOOL. THIS RAT PACK CAUSING TROUBLE FOR TWO LOCAL SCHOOLS. WHY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO DEAL WITH THE CREEPY COLONY FOR MONTHS. I’M KRISTINE JOHNSON. DANA TYLER IS OFF TONIGHT. THIS SICKENING SIGHT HAS BEEN A CONSTANT SINCE APRIL. RODENTS CRAWLING ON WHAMS AND RAILINGS. AND THE COLONY SEEMS TO BE SPREADING. CBS 2 HAS MORE ON THIS RAT INVASION. WITHIN JUST MINUTES OF OUR ARRIVAL AT THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND SCHOOL, THERE THEY WERE, RAT AFTER RAT SPOTTED SCURRYING THROUGH THE SCHOOLYARD. I FELT LIKE SCARED THAT THEY’LL RUN AFTER ME. I FEEL LIKE I’M IN THE RAT’S HOME. THE UNWANTED GUESTS SWARMING CRAWLING UP THE STAIRS BEHIND THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA GOING UNDER AN ENTRANCE GATE ON MAIN STREET AND EVEN MAKING THEIR WAY INTO THE PLAY AREA. SOME PEOPLE ARE TERRIFIED. AND WE JUST DON’T GO THERE NO MORE. YOU DIDN’T SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL TODAY BECAUSE OF THESE RATS. YES, I FEEL CONCERNED AND I DON’T THINK I SHOULD BE SUBJECTED TO HAVING TO WORRY THE WHOLE ENTIRE DAY LONG. THE DIRECTOR OF THIS NEIGHBORING PRESCHOOL SAYS THE RATS HAVE MADE THEIR WAY TO THIS SIDE. THEY’VE PUT OUT POISONOUS RAT BAIT OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL DOOR. WE WORRY ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND THE FAMILIES THAT ARE EXPOSED. IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET THE IMAGES OUT OF YOUR MIND. SOME RESIDENTS SAY THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IS THIS TRASH LEFT OUTSIDE DAILY AFTER SCHOOL LUNCH. I’VE SEEN THE TRASH OUT HERE WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT. AND NO PROTECTIVE CONTAINERS. JUST CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS. BUT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIALS SAY THIS IS AN ISLAND WIDE ISSUE THAT DID NOT ORIGINATE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. RESIDENTS BELIEVE OTHERWISE. SO DOE IS NOT DOING ITS JOB. A DOE SPOKESPERSON SAYS AN INSPECTION SHOWS NO RODENTS INSIDE THE SCHOOL. WE DID SPOT A DOE EXTERMINATOR ON SITE WITH A BUCKET OF BAIT. I COMPLETELY TRUST THE SCHOOL TO DEAL WITH IT. I THINK IT’S BEEN HYPED UP A LITTLE BIT. OTHERS SAY IT’S A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE PESKY PESTS CRAWL THEIR WAY INTO THE CLASSROOMS. ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND, CBS 2 NEWS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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