QUEENS, NY — A former janitor at 82nd Street Academics was supposedly fired for bringing to light a rodent infestation and subsequent health concerns pertaining to the pests’ droppings, according to the Queens Courier.
Former custodian Brendan Dunn claims that school administrators did not seem at all concerned when he notified them of the potential of children falling ill from contamination associated with rodent droppings present throughout the school, notably in the kitchen area, the story stated.
Dunn said, "It was an ongoing issue. In the five months I worked there, I found up to 200 dead mice; even more were found by other employees and exterminators. Some were in the kitchen behind the fridge, under the counter and in classrooms."
Allegedly advised by a school supervisor to cut a lock on a feces-covered cabinet to which the combination was unknown and clean the inside, Dunn was fired the next day after refusing to personally pay for the lock, the story noted.
Dr. Ronald Tompkins, 82nd Street Academics’ executive director, is adamant that the school receives regular extermination services and that there were no violations noted after the New York City Health Department’s most recent inspection this past June, the story added.
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