TB case leaves parents feeling misinformed

Kimberly Akin is just one of the many parents who were upset that the school did not notify parents directly when a student was diagnosed with TB.

The City of Amarillo Department of Public Health has identified a student who attends Fannin Middle School with active tuberculosis (TB), who is now in quarantine.

Although the school district said that the health department is the entity running the investigation into the spread of TB to other students, the way the district went about notifying the parents and students of the incident angered some.

â??Iâ??m just very angry,â?? said Kimberly Akins, whose daughter attends 6th grade at Fannin. â??I feel very misinformed. I mean, why did the media find out before parents? That just seems irresponsible.â??

Akins, like many other parents, found out through Internet and social media sites rather than being contacted by the school or district first.

The City of Amarillo sent a press release to local media at around 10 a.m. regarding the TB case at Fannin Middle School, which was subsequently put out to the public through sites such as the Pronews 7 Facebook page.

The school and school district intended to send the health departmentâ??s permission letter home on April 1 to only those they expected might have been exposed to TB, but released no schoolwide notification to all parents before the City released the information to the media.

And thatâ??s what has parents riled up.

Before testing begins, the district and the City of Amarillo Department of Public Health will host a meeting for parents in the Fannin Middle School cafeteria at 6 p.m. on April 2.

â??Iâ??m definitely going to the meeting because I want to know what they have to say,â?? Akins said. â??I want to know answers. This isnâ??t something that should be swept under the rug â?? definitely should have answers or information given.â??

Pronews 7 will provide additional information as this story develops.