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5 Raleigh Students to Be Tested for Serious Diseases

Posted April 25, 2008

Wake County Public School System

— Five Wakefield Middle School students are being tested for a variety of serious diseases as a precaution after they were stuck at school by a lancet meant to be used in testing a diabetic student's glucose levels.

School administrators said they were notified of the incident Tuesday. The kids were messing around and didn't realize the danger, officials said.

The Wake County Health Department will be testing the children over the next 18 months for symptoms of infections like HIV and hepatitis.

One of the student's parents, who asked not to be identified, said the youths are considered to be at low-risk for serious diseases because the diabetic student has no known diseases.

The mother said she has "no problem with the way the school system handled (the situation). They have not run from it."

Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans said school officials take the situation very seriously, even though there was no evidence that it was a malicious act. Schools allow diabetic students to carry the testing kits for their safety and health.

Parents of the five students were notified immediately, Evans said.

"If you were not called, your child was not stuck," he said.


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  • Garnerwolf1 Apr 25, 2008

    'Didn't these kids parents teach them not to...'

    Does anyone know anyone, child or otherwise, that has NEVER done something they were told not to do?

    Unwise? Yes. Immature? Yes. That doesn't mean it's the parents fault necessarily.

  • wolfpackfan15 Apr 25, 2008

    apparently intentional, though I do hope that nothing is wrong disease wise after the incident. hopefully they've learned their lesson.

  • kenshi Apr 25, 2008

    It's amazing to me, reading the posts, the number of people that don't seem to even read the article.

    School, not at fault, kids... just being kids. Possible bad outcome ..yes, probability of bad outcome, very small. I've been diabetic for 40 years and I am a research scientist. It is possible to spread a pathogen this way but transmission rates are very low. It is reasonable to have each of the kids checked that stuck themselves but I don't see anything wrong with the school and the way they are handling it.

  • wolfpac148 Apr 25, 2008

    hey tommy lets all go check our blood sugar!

  • HopSkipJump Apr 25, 2008

    Kudos to WCPSS for their actions. As many have stated before, kids will be kids. At that age, they are curious about many things. Not many kids have daily contact with someone who has diabetes and I can see where they might be curious about what using the lancet feels like. They don't process the dangers like adults do, or even like students a few years older will. However, I bet they will now, at least for a little while.

  • whocares Apr 25, 2008

    It seems that these "children" have never been taught not to take other people's medication or use their testing kits. I knew better than to do that when I was 6 years old. My mother and father drummed it into my head. What happened to the parents of these children? Didn't they teach them the same thing or are the children to unenlightened to get it.

  • Firefox 384 Apr 25, 2008

    Ok let me get this straight. The used a lancet from a diabetic student (A) (B) uses it and gives it to or sticks (C) then (D) is stuck and so on.. Just because the original user the diabetic is proposed disease free, if (B) is a carrier then (C) (D) and (E) came into to contact. Thats why the authority's are concerned. The owner of the diabetic kit is responsible, middle school? no they cannot watch every inch of campus property.

  • Through a glass darkly Apr 25, 2008

    "And this is the next generation of our leaders...scary thought!" This is little different than the incident in my high school where one kid stuck a knife into the hand of another kid. They were best friends and just messing around. Both of them are now productive members of society.

    Things have not changed that much.

  • jljtheraven Apr 25, 2008

    Thank goodness people are being rational on the boards today. Normally, the anti-public school vultures begin to swarm over stories like this. I fully expected that the incident would somehow be blamed on the school board's recent budget request (and yes, I think it's too high) or on illegal aliens in our public schools. Thank goodness some WRAL posters have some decent sense not to go down that path, at least for today.

    The school shouldn't be blamed in this case because of the age of the kids and the fact that the device was in the student's possession the entire time. Teachers can't be every where all the time, otherwise they'd have to follow the kids to the bathroom, the lockeroom, etc. Kids need to take responsibility for themselves and be held accountable for their own actions.

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 25, 2008

    Didn't these students' parents ever teach them not to pick up anything that is not theirs? What about not ever picking up a used needle?