Students clean own school to control staph

Students at one Putnam County high school in West Virginia walked out of school Monday morning and then came back to school after hours — to clean.

One student was cited as telling 13 News Monday morning about 100 students refused to enter Buffalo High School after several confirmed cases of staph infection, including rumors that one student willfully contaminated areas in the building.

Senior Priscilla Blankenship said,

"It irritates me, and I’m outraged that I am a high school student. I come here to learn and I have to come and clean my own school to come into it — to make it safe enough."

Assistant Schools Superintendent Robert Hull was cited as saying the school board has done all it can to keep students safe and the school clean, adding,

"We’ll take whatever precautions are necessary, and we are following at this point every recommended precaution, which is routine cleaning and having children wash their hands and doing any cleaning of special areas if we know of an infected area."

Hull said a letter has been issued to all parents detailing the facts and that he hopes educating the community will calm people’s nerves.

When someone says they are going to educate the public, things have really gone of the rails. People can be informed and compelled, but they educate themselves.