20 Florida students pricked with diabetes device
Boynton Beach, FL, United States (4E) – Twenty students at a Boynton Beach school, ages 13 and 14, were poked in the neck and face with a blood-sugar measuring device by a female student last Tuesday.
The Boynton Beach Police and fire rescue were called at 12:42 p.m. to The Charter School of Boynton Beach in West Gateway Boulevard after several students complained that they have been pricked in the neck and face by a girl using the needles.
According to the police, the girl showed up at school in the morning and boarded the school bus, driving to the gym class at Meadows Park down the road.
The girl told police that she was upset after she was hit by a ball in the face by a friend during class and claimed she was being bullied by that student.
When gym class was finished, the students got back in the bus where the girl started stabbing several students in the arms and necks with her needles.
She continued jabbing at students in school before one of the students poked informed a teacher who went directly to the principal’s office to notify the Boynton Beach Police and paramedics.
Detectives interviewed the students about the incident and it became known that some students were stabbed while in the bathroom and others while in class, a few said they were in the hallway.
Parents were called and advised on what happened. They were given the option to pick up their children who were pricked.
Although none were seriously injured, some children who asked to be checked in the hospital were taken in an ambulance.
School Officials recommend that those involved undergo medical examination.
Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said that the issue is the exposure to the needle as the glucometer has an eighth inch needle.
Detectives who identified the responsible student, was able to talk to the girl at her home and admitted she poked only one student in the cheek.
The girl is facing multiple charges, including one count of aggravated battery and 20 charges of simple battery and culpable negligence.