PS/IS 217 on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island has become infested with rats and parents are holding their children out of the school until the problem is fixed. That may be easier said than done. It is estimated that they would have to kill 60 rats every week just to maintain status quo. Rats carry diseases and they have infiltrated the cafeteria and practically every part of the school. One girl claimed she counted 23 rats in a space of just 5 minutes.
Students and parents at PS/IS 217 on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island have been shocked by the explosion of rats on school grounds in recent weeks, with the rodent colony estimated at over 250.
The school serves international students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight, and holds classes until the end of June.