A student at Fallston High School, a public high school in Harford County, Maryland, stands accused of pricking 23 students at the school with a lancet like one used in diabetes testing, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The student reportedly used the lancet, which is designed to draw a drop or two of blood from the fingertip of a diabetes patient in order to measure the glucose concentration in the patient’s blood, in two classrooms and a hallway.
“We believe at this point he thought it was humorous,” WBAL-TV (NBC affiliate) quoted Jack Simpson of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office as saying.
Injured students were initially seen by the school nurse, but school officials also contacted their families in order to ensure they receive proper medical attention. Results from any medical tests, however, could take a while to come back.
“My son got tested and they said they’re not going to be able to determine anything for three to six months so I’m going to have to continually take him back to Johns Hopkins to have him re-tested,” WBAL-TV quoted the father of one student who was pricked in the neck as saying.
The 15-year-old male attacker, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was charged as a juvenile with one count of disrupting school operations and with 23 counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
In May 2005 at Memorial Middle School in Harlingen, Texas, two 12-year-old boys carried out what they believed to be a big joke, sticking 30 classmates with used lancet needles and saying, “Now you have AIDS.” All the injured students in that case were tested for HIV and Hepatitis B as a precautionary measure. The two boys and four other students who were affiliated with them in the attacks were charged as juveniles with aggravated assault.