The Philadelphia School District defended their decision to keep Murrell Dobbins High School open on Friday despite a bedbug discovery.
"Soon as I saw it, I was like, I have to get out of here," one student, Daniel Young, said to Fox29 Philadelphia.
Students have reported seeing bedbugs in the school since Monday, according to Fox29, and were being "shuffled from classroom to classroom." The school district announced in a letter sent home to parents that crews are cleaning the school and students are safe to be there.
However, many students were reportedly angry that they had to come to school following the bedbug report and parents wanted cleaning crews to finish before the students returned.
According to the letter from the district, exterminators steamed and vacuumed the school. The school will be treated again next week when students are on spring break, ABC6 Philadelphia reported.
"They need to close the school, because I don't see how they can let the kids go to school like that," parent Shonda Nixon said to ABC6. "Really, this stuff is coming from out the school, inside homes, and if we keep them out of school we get in trouble."
Fox29 reported that the principal threatened punishment for the students who left school early because of the bedbug situation.