Child Stuck By Hypodermic Needle During Recess

Parents demand answers after a Lexington elementary school student is stuck by a needle, left on the playground.

The third grade boy was playing outside Lansdowne Elementary when he accidentally stuck himself with the hypodermic needle. The incident happened at recess on Tuesday

School officials say the boy was immediately taken to the school nurse and his parents were called.

The principal sent a note home with students to tell parents about what happened. The letter also encouraged parents to talk with their kids about not picking up strange objects.

Fayette County Superintendent Stu Silberman says that, while unfortunate, this was an isolated incident.

Many of the parents we spoke with are concerned about a city park that butts up to the playground at Lansdowne Elementary. Many parents say there needs to be a fence or some other kind of barrier put up to protect the students from those who may use the park.


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  • by carol Location: lexington on Apr 19, 2007 at 02:21 PM
    Would a gate make that much difference? Unless it is totally walled in, anyone could throw something over a gate/fence. Perhaps there just needs to be more patrols in the area by the police. The school could also keep the lot maintained better.
  • by jako Location: lexington on Apr 19, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    calm down, this WAS an isolated incident. i doubt they've had this happen before so therefore it is isolated, as in not a common occurrence. The superintendent didn't say nothing would be looked at or that he had no feelings for the kids. That was your interpretation as you flew completely off the handle without any knowledge of what was said before or after that one sentence statement. Sometimes you have to step back and assess a situation before acting. you can't just build a fence overnight or close a park. it's probably a good thing that mr. silberman is in charge and able to calmly respond rather than freaking totally out and making uninformed or rash statements.
  • by Mindette Location: Corona, California on Apr 18, 2007 at 06:45 PM
    The Schools Superintendent seems like he has NO feelings for the kids and would NOT do anything different. If that were my child or Grandchild that was stuck, Mr Silberman would not rest until something was done. Even at that, Lets NOT do anything to try and keep the children safe. That is his job! and if he can't take the time to do that I think you all need someone in there that will! Yes I live in Ca. but you can't let things slide, because if you do IT WILL happen again and then WHAT! How does he know it was an isolated incident? Was he the one who put the needle their? to get some fame? He just seems real cold, what if it were HIS child or Grandchild? When my daughter told me about this and that they were doing NOTHING, I was sadened. Why not put up a fence? No one needs to be at the school after hours, especially with a park just to the back side. Come on Mr. Silberman lets think of the children!!!!!!!
  • by Lori Location: Just my thoughts... on Apr 18, 2007 at 03:07 PM
    I agree, the parents need to discuss not picking up strange objects with children, no matter where you are, but if this happened at a school playground, the school needs to also play a part in making sure the playground is clean, free of trash and/or "strange objects".
  • by Dianne Location: Lansdowne Parent on Apr 18, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    Mr. Silberman may think this is an isolated incident, but isn't once enough? What will he say to that child if he is positive for Hepatitis B or C or HIV? Sorry....it was an "isolated incident." That school had several flashers last year. Something needs to be done to clean up the Lansdowne Elementary School area. Close that park (Wildwood) altogether, have more frequent police walking the park area at night, cameras to video things going on at the school for later review when an incident like this happens so they can see the person to go arrest. Anything would be better than just a wait and see approach.

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