Student's Accusations of Filth at Miami Sunset High Spark Official Probe

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After Buzzfeed published a post reporting that an apparent Miami Sunset High student had taken pictures of filthy conditions at the school, including disgustingly spoiled juice, a moldy shower, and a cockroach problem, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman says some of the claims might have been doctored by a vengeful student.

"We do acknowledge there was a situation involving juice boxes," said the spokesperson, John Schuster. Schuster said several of the boxes hadn't been properly refrigerated over the recent winter break, and once they were discovered were immediately discarded. "A different type of juice by a different type of manufacturer was brought in," he said.

While he wasn't aware of the moldy shower allegation, Schuster says the district is suspicious of the cockroach claim because a photo showing the insect had come from the same student who recently sent profanity-laced emails to school administrators.

Schuster said the Health Department had given the school a satisfactory rating after a December inspection, that the school is regularly visited by pest inspectors, and there hadn't been prior reports of insect problems.

"Some of [the pictures] we feel may have been manipulated," he said. "So until they're authenticated..we will go with what we know, and that's based on the inspection reports."

Here are the photos published on Buzzfeed, via a Tumblr user with the user name Padaleckidalek-fallen-angel:

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