A parent of an Edward Waters University student is speaking out after she says her daughter found a mouse inside of her dorm room just days ago.
Action News Jax spoke with the parent, and she says the school needs to be held accountable.
She even says this has been an ongoing problem for years. She just wants something done about it, and that includes her daughter being moved to another room.
“It’s not about her. It’s about all the kids,” says Miara Hird.
She adds her daughter heard something in her bedroom the night she discovered the mouse.
“She heard something thump at night. When she looked on the floor, she thought her cell phone or something had fallen,” says Hird.
Hird says when her daughter—who lives in Richardson Hall — went looking for her phone, she found the mouse.
Her daughter’s roommate even said she had seen the same mouse the night before.
Since then, they’ve notified school officials, but nothing has been done about it.
According to Hird, housing officials say the reason for the mouse is because Richardson Hal is being remodeled.
“Well, I’m sorry. I don’t know if you are used to living with critters, but my child is not,” says Hird.
Action News Jax covered a similar story in January detailing complaints of rodents inside of dorm rooms.
We reached out to Edward Waters University for comment on this story.
The university responded via email:
“Edward Waters University did receive a report of a mouse in a residential apartment of a student. Our facilities team trapped and removed the mouse from the apartment.
In addition to our proactive steps, the university will continue to educate the community on sound health and sanitation practices in communal living environments. We feel certain continued education will further reduce the already limited instances of such occurrences.”
Hird tells us this is an ongoing problem that can easily be resolved. By just moving her daughter and her roommates to another part of campus.
“Place them anywhere. If you have one bed here, throw one child there. If you have two beds, throw the other two there,” says Hird.
Hird adds that at this point, her daughter might have to attend another university.
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