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West Virginia elementary school fights to keep bed bugs out

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   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- In a move to keep bed bugs out of classrooms, a Charleston elementary school has banished book bags in favor of sealed plastic bags.

   When students arrive at Chamberlain Elementary School on Monday, they'll put their coats and their books in 10-gallon plastic bags. They'll zip up their bags and stow them in their lockers.

   The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1M9RDqb ) reports that Principal Phoebe McCloud said a bed bug was first found last month, prompting the building's closing for treatment. Then another insect was discovered the following week, and one was seen in the school this week.

   McCloud described the bed bug sightings as a "community problem."

   Terry Hollandsworth is the maintenance director of Kanawha County Schools. He says the bugs are hitching a ride on someone entering the school building.

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