Butler High School students exposed to tuberculosis

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The results are in, and some students at a local high school were exposed to a highly-contagious disease.

Some parents are still concerned about the tuberculosis scare at Butler High School. News 12 spoke to one parent today as she took her son to be tested.

"I feel that it could have been handled a little better, especially when you have a large population such as a high school," Jackson said.

Jackson was upset on Friday because she had to leave work to pick up her child.

"It's taking time out. You know, you have to call them to see what's going on -- like now I'm getting off of my job and have to come down here to see what's going on," she said.

On Monday and Tuesday, students were tested to see if they were exposed to tuberculosis at Butler High School.

"I wouldn't consider it an outbreak, but like I said I'm not an expert, that'll be the Health Department, but I'm pretty sure if it were an outbreak, they would have closed butler high school down," said Principal Gregory Thompson.

There are 200 students that are in a "high risk" pool and school administrators say 80 of those "high risk" students have not been tested.

"I say to those parents, please take your child to get tested. This is a very serious thing, and it may not be so serious at all, but you have to be sure," said PTA President Monique Braswell.

Braswell says she has heard from many concerned parents.

"Of course, you are going to have parents that say it's blown out of proportion -- it doesn't matter, I have faith, nothing's going to happen. Then you have those parents who can't sleep at night. So let's bring everybody to a median. Let's just get everybody tested," Braswell said.

Jackson's son is one of the students in the high risk pool

"You can't just pick out certain people that this student was around and say, 'OK, we are going to test you all,' the whole school should have been tested. Check the whole school," she said.

Jackson is taking her son to get tested and says she hopes for better communication between parents and administration in the future.

It could take health officials six to eight weeks to determine if the students exposed to TB actually have the disease.

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