HANOVER TWP. — An 8-year-old student in Hanover Area School District brought a pack of 10 syringes to school Wednesday and gave one to a fellow student on the school bus, Superintendent Andrew Kuhl said.
The second student then pricked his arm twice with the needle and was sent to the hospital for examination.
The needles were clean and unused, taken by the first boy from a family member’s diabetes kit meant for insulin injections.
“I was shocked and troubled by it,” Kuhl said of the incident, discovered when the second boy pulled his needle out in the lavatory.
A student saw it and immediately reported it to the teacher outside the lavatory door.
Kuhl said the bus and all the students who had been on it were searched. The boy who had pricked his arm initially was not forthcoming about the source of the needle, and the trip to the hospital was done as a precaution, Kuhl said.
“We made contact with the kid’s mom. I sent an administrator to the house so she could go to the hospital with the student,” Kuhl said, adding that as of this morning there is no report of health concerns.
An investigation revealed the source of the needles and that they were clean and unused, and that 10 needles had been taken from the first boy’s home.
The other nine were found in his book bag.
Both students face out-of-school suspension under district policy, Kuhl said.
“They will return to school with counseling. Both parents were extremely cooperative,” Kuhl said. “It seems like the kids should have known better. I think the kid who did it was putting on a show for the other kids,” he said.
Kuhl said the district is hoping to arrange “a program for students about the danger of needles being found.”