Calls, comments on Goldsboro Daily News and text messages have been steady since we broke the story about the bat problem at Northeast Elementary. One parent, Jenny Mooring, said the bats have been in numerous areas of the school, including one sitting on a plaque in the main hallway.
More than one parent has expressed concern because they said the cafeteria is indeed attached to the gym and there is easy access for the bats from one section to another.
But most parents are upset that Ken Derksen, Public Information Officer for the schools, said there were no dead bats found and the bats have not been near the children. They also dispute Derksen’s claim that students were only participating in a fire drill and not evacuated from the gym. Several parents said the fire drill wasn’t until the afternoon and say the students were evacuated that morning because the bats were swooping all around them.
In addition, some of those same parents have provided two different pictures of dead bats in containers that were picked up from the school, disputing the administration’s claim that no dead bats have been found at the school.
We will continue monitoring this story and provide updates as possible.