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Parents concerned with bat problem at local high school

BELLMEAD, TX (KXXV) - It is a batty situation that one local school district says they are taking care of quickly. Several bats have been found in the auditorium of La Vega High School, and have forced the school to close it down temporarily.

Parents received a voice message from the school district on Wednesday addressing the problem, but some parents say that is not enough.

"To my knowledge no one has been over to take care of problem. Other issues going on as well," concerned parent Sharon Reed said.

School officials would not say how long the bats have been in the auditorium, but some students say they have known about the bats since Monday. The school's voice message says the bats are Mexican Free-Tailed bats that have migrated to the area. They have been contained in the auditorium, but there are several of them.

Ida Salinas says her daughter can smell the bats in the cafeteria, and complains about the smell everyday. She took it upon herself to get answers from the local health department, school district and city offices, but no one has given her a thorough response.

"I spoke with the receptionist at the administrative office she said 'the school maintenance and other people are working on it' it seems that is the only answer we are getting," Salinas said.

McLennan County health officials say any chances of human contact with the bats is a cause for concern. 

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Valerie Baxter would not talk about the bats or what exactly is being done to keep the students safe, but she did say that they are working with a contractor to get the bats out soon.
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