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Parents Upset Over Students Being Stuck With Needle

MCKEE, Ky. (AP) - A group of parents in eastern Kentucky are
questioning why they weren't told about children at a school being
stuck with a needle by a fellow student.
Several students at Jackson County Middle School were stuck with
a lancet, a type of needle used to measure glucose levels, on March
23. But, the parents weren't told until four days later.
"The school won't tell us nothin'," said Charlene Tillery,
whose daughter Amber, 14, was one of 10 students jabbed with the
needle. "All I know is my daughter's point of view of it."
Parents have asked Jackson Superintendent Ralph Hoskins where
the lancet came from and how a student was able to bring it to
school unnoticed.
Hoskins said the incident is unprecedented in the county and is
being investigated.
Hoskins said a parent called the school on the evening of March
23 about a child's being pricked with the needle. The school began
investigating on Monday and discovered that the needle apparently
came from the girl's mother, who is diabetic, he said.
Hoskins said the school sent letters home to parents the next
day and notified law enforcement, social services and the county
attorney's office. The letter said there was no reason to believe
the needle was infected, but parents may want to take students to
the doctor as a precaution.
Charlene Tillery has taken her daughter to the doctor for blood
tests, which have been covered by her health insurance. She said
the district would not pay for blood tests.
"Most of the people in Jackson County don't have insurance,"
Tillery said. "I don't understand how this is not (the school's)
fault. I know they couldn't have stopped it, but it's their
responsibility to pay for the blood tests."
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-03-31-07 1230EDT


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