Students pricked playing with discarded syringes
LEE COUNTY: Several students were stuck with hypodermic needles a student found at a school bus stop, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Deputies spoke with several of the students and one said she found several hypodermic needles at a bus stop at 23rd Street SW and Ruth Avenue in Lehigh Acres Friday morning.
Several students reported getting stuck with one of the needles, reports said.
Nine-year-old Cierria Holmes was one of those students. She says the needle went into her finger.
“The pointy part was like that,” she described. “And then I handed it back.”
The school bus driver contacted the district transportation department who contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, reports said.
“The bus driver found about it while still in route to school and pulled over,” said Joe Donzelli, with the Lee County School District.
The deputy found three hypodermic needles on the bus, one on the dashboard of the bus, one under the front seat and one in a student’s back pack, reports said.
The infection control person with Lehigh Regional Hospital said the parents of the four children who were stuck with the needle should check to ensure their children are current on vaccinations and should follow up with their family doctor.
As for Cierria, she has another doctor’s appointment coming up soon â€“ as well as more testing. And it’s all for something her mother, Fanta Holmes, says she never thought could happen.
“You don’t discuss needles at nine,” said Fanta.
The sheriff’s office is not investigating this. Officials there say it was an accident and no crime took place.
They also said that all of the needles will be destroyed.