Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Virginia has now banned hoodies because of fear that students wearing them will transport hitchhiking bed bugs, Coastal Virginia’s WAVY.com reports.
Yes, bed bugs can and do hitchhike on clothing and possessions, but there’s nothing magical about hoodies that makes them ideal bed bug carriers.
And there’s no reason to think kids wearing jeans with rolled cuffs, teachers wearing socks, Principals wearing coats, or anyone with a bag will be 100% safe from carrying bed bugs home.
Note the reference in the video to Virginia Tech’s Dini Miller who called the rule “ridiculous”.
Not only will it probably not help, but it may also lead to a false sense of security.
Anyone else heard of a ban like this?!?
Churchland is actually the third local school to have a known bed bug problem. A few weeks back in this post, I mentioned one of the others — I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth — where other strange precautions were being implemented:
And consider the case of Portsmouth Virginia, where last week, (according to WAVY news,) I.C. Norcom High School teachers came to class in “protective clothing” (whatever that means — Tyvek suits?) In any case, it is bound to be ineffective. And students were asked to tote their belongings around school in plastic bags, which in at least one case, a reporter noted, resulted in a torn bag by the end of the day.
Again, those torn bags may lead to a false sense of security. It’s good this school district is trying to deal with bed bugs, but more education for everyone on how to detect and respond to bed bugs if found at home will probably go further than these measures.
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More on bed bugs in Portsmouth’s Churchland High here. (If the video above does not load, you can view it there too.)