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6 elementary school students wind up with pin pricks

Six children ended up in the office last week at Shirley Elementary after a boy brought lancets to school.

Superintendent Betty McGruder confirmed that a child brought two pin prick devices used by diabetics for testing blood sugar from his home onto the school bus and then to the school last week.

She said reports of something more serious were untrue. The situation was not as drastic as rumors have made it out to be, McGruder said.

She said the child stuck himself with the lancet and allowed others to stick themselves. It was sort of a “double-dog dare you” situation, she said.

The bottom line, McGruder said in an e-mail, is that “all have been punished, parents notified and the situation handled according to the school student handbook.” She said she personally called every parent of a child who stuck himself or herself.

The student who brought the items is not currently at school.

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