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Student's Death Causes Concern For Parents

Borger ISD Superintendent Clifton Stephens Borger ISD Superintendent Clifton Stephens
Concerned Parent Stacey Byrd Concerned Parent Stacey Byrd

 A teen's death has some Borger parents questioning sanitation at an area school. But school officials at Borger Middle School say there is not a lot they can do.

A NewsChannel 10 health source has confirmed a 13-year-old boy died friday of MRSA, a antibiotic-resistant staph infection. However, school officials and the hospital where the boy died say they cannot confirm the cause of death. It's that uncertainty that has some parents furious.

Stacey Byrd says she had to coax her son to return to Borger Middle School today. She says the questions of MRSA surrounding the seventh graders death made her son scared to go to school on Monday. "What do you do when your child is crying and does not want to go because he doesn't want to catch anything," Byrd said.

Borger ISD Superintendent Clifton Stephens says school officials have heightened their concern after the students death, but without officials word on the cause from the boy's family or the health department, they are only proceeding with the regular building cleaning.

"Whether its flu or MRSA, or whatever it may be, you try and deal with it hopefully and obviously, because it is important for the kids to be at school," Stephens said. He also says they are telling parents who have MRSA concerns to check with their doctor

Byrd says there needs to be more transparency. "Let this come out to be public knowledge, so that we can help our children figure out how not to get this," she said.

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