A small invasion of winged mammals are driving some at East High School... well, batty.

School officials have said there are bats that have been found in the auditorium of the high school with reports of them flying around during school productions.

“It’s a bit unnerving to some folks to see something flying around,” said Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent. “And it’s distracting.”

There was a report this week of a bat flying around during a school Christmas production, said Hugh Clement, assistant director of schools. He said there was also one other incident at the start of the school year.

He said the school has taken steps to try and eliminate the problem, but there are limitations about what can be done due to government limitations.

“We’ve sealed some vents,” he said.

He said school maintenance workers are also looking at putting a screen over an exhaust fan in the building.

School officials have captured a couple of bats, but the problem persists.

“It’s been difficult to find where they are coming from,” Perry said.

He said the school continues to do its due diligence.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t found all the places,” he said.