Third-grader brought needles to school, pricked students


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Some elementary school students who reported being pricked with a needle by another student Tuesday continued to undergo tests for disease Thursday as parents expressed shock over the matter.

The incident happened inside a bathroom at Hallen School, according to Bridgeport Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz.

Three students reported they were intentionally pricked and school officials said a fourth came into contact with the needles. The students were all taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where they were evaluated and released.

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“You don’t know what (the needles) are being used for,” said Migdalia Forson, a parent who has a child at the school. “The children are being exposed to something that we don’t know about .. The person who had the needles in their house should be a little more responsible.”

Rabinowitz said it’s still unclear how the student got a hold of the needles – if maybe someone in the boy’s family uses them for medical reasons. It’s also unclear what type of needles were involved.

“I was very shocked because you don’t know what could be in that needle or that syringe,” said Harry Bell, another parent.

No arrests have been made. Police and school security are investigating.

News 8’s AJ Walker and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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