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Classes start back in Ninety Six amid lingering TB questions

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NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The sight of busy cars is something that many in Ninety Six have been waiting for, a sense of normalcy returning as school starts, after one heck of a summer.

But questions remain on the minds of many parents as their children walk into Ninety Six Primary School, and it all has to do with the tuberculosis outbreak that happened at the school.

"She still gets looked at funny because she tested positive for it," said Shaun Butler, a father of a Ninety Six Primary School student.

Her daughter had a positive skin test, testing positive for a tuberculosis infection. Her chest x-ray was negative, meaning she didn't come down with tuberculosis disease.

Butler said his daughter is on powerful medications to treat her infection, but still feels like his family is being ostracized.

"She thinks everybody looks at her funny because she's sick, and she's not," he said. "There's not anything wrong with her."

School officials and DHEC said the school is safe

DHEC's State Director Catherine Templeton even made a trip to the school Tuesday for lunch to emphasize that point.

But many in the town said the visit falls on deaf ears.

"A lot of work has been done that didn't need to be done. So many hours have been put into cleanup, follow through, spin control," said parent Anne Wells.

DHEC said much of the testing for tuberculosis they've been doing is voluntary. Parents, however, said they won't be satisfied until everyone is tested.

"They didn't explain things early," said Wells. "They kept it so secretive, or felt like it was so secretive, that it was much more frightening."

Templeton's visit to the school lasted about 45 minutes. As she left, she didn't answer any questions.

DHEC said that the second round of tuberculosis testing in Ninety Six has only resulted on one additional positive skin test in an adult. DHEC said that adult had a negative chest x-ray, meaning they aren't contagious.

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