Nee­dle at school wor­ries fam­i­lies

Bay Area child pricks 14 class­mates, cre­at­ing ‘po­ten­tial health risk.’

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE -

FRE­MONT, Calif. — A San Francisco Bay Area school district ad­vised the fam­i­lies of 14 ele­men­tary school stu­dents to take their chil­dren to doc­tors af­ter another stu­dent pricked them with a nee­dle, a school district of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

The stu­dent at Cabrillo Ele­men­tary School dis­cov­ered a nee­dle, the type used by di­a­bet­ics to test their blood, in front of the school on May 26. He brought it onto cam­pus and pricked other stu­dents, cre­at­ing a “po­ten­tial health risk,” Fre­mont Uni­fied School District spokesman Brian Kill­gore said.

“We un­der­stand this in­ci­dent has caused stress and anx­i­ety for the fam­i­lies in­volved and we will con­tinue to sup­port them how­ever we can,” Kill­gore said in a state­ment.

School of­fi­cials dis­ci­plined the stu­dent who found the nee­dle, though Kill­gore said he could not com­ment on the spe­cific pun­ish­ment that was handed down.

“I’m stressed, you know,” Bud Lofton, whose grand­son, 8-year-old Bryan Bul­lock, was pricked, told KGO-TV. “I’m just think­ing, ‘What if some­thing hap­pens to him?’ And that’s re­ally scary be­cause he’s a healthy lit­tle boy.”

Bryan, who was in­ter­viewed next to his grand­fa­ther, said the stu­dent asked him whether he liked stamps and told him to stick out his hand be­fore pok­ing him with a nee­dle.

Lofton said he took his grand­son for a blood test to check for HIV and hep­ati­tis. They were await­ing re­sults.

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