Teen arrested after pricking classmates
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- An eighth-grader is under arrest after being accused of putting classmates in danger.
Several students at a Boynton Beach Charter School were pricked by another student with a medical needle, according to police.
Boynton Beach Police have a 13-year-old girl in custody. The eighth grader allegedly pricked several students with her glucose meter while she was walking the hallways at her school. Investigators said the pricking case stems from a bullying incident the female student had with another classmate.
The student, who is diabetic, uses the glucose meter to measure her blood sugar levels.
Student's said she began poking them with the needles Tuesday morning on a school bus. The girl poked him and other students with a glucose meter as well as a sewing needle. "She caught me off guard," said Rodney Bazile. "I had my hand on the bus seat and I turned around and she poked me."
Police said about 20 classmates were poked with the needle. None of the students were seriously injured, but a few of them did want to be admitted to a hospital just as precaution.
Although no students were injured, the incident was a scare for some parents and students. "I told her it's not funny," said one student. "Some people might have like HIV or AIDS or something."
Firefighters who were on the scene advised parents of those who were poked by the girls needle to followup with their family doctor to make sure that needle was not contaminated. "To come here and see all of this, is just a little upsetting," said parent Gabrielle Hines, who came to the school to check on her child.
In the meantime, the 13-year-old girl who is at a Juvenile Detention Center. She faces 20 counts of battery, one for every student she pricked.
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