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Elementary Students Find Syringe, Give Each Other Flu ShotsLYNN, Mass. – A Massachusetts second-grader found a discarded syringe and brought it to school, deciding to play doctor while conducting his own show-and-tell for the class.

The boy and his friend found the needle as they were walking to school, and used it to give each other pretend flu shots. When they got to class the boy showed off the needle and asked if anyone wanted a flu shot. No one took him up on the offer.

One of the boys in the class told his parents about the incident, who in turn contacted school officials last Friday. After a little investigating, the needle was found where the boy had thrown it away at a friend’s house.

Dr. Catherine Latham, Lynn Superintendent of Schools, told reporters that neither of the boys who got stuck with the syringe are in trouble, but will be getting blood tests to find out if they’ve killed each other.

The school and police put together a presentation telling students not to pick up needles or other dangerous items they find on the streets, including guns, knives and lighters.

Luckily these two kids didn’t find a corpse. They may have eaten it.

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  • Anonymous

    (*gagging*) OMG What the hell is wrong with these kids?! I can only shiver to think about what substances that needle may have contained- BESIDES the blood-bourne diseases!

    As a former resident (aka ESCAPEE) of Lynn, it is a pretty rough city- I doubt that was the 1st used needle these kids had ever encountered.

    As the unofficial city motto goes:

    “Lynn, Lynn, city of sin
    You never come out the way you went in
    Ask for water, they give you a gin
    The girls say no, but always give in!”

  • http://rebeccacarterbooks.com MoonlitRebecca

    We shouldn’t blame the kids, they are probably 6 and 7. I dont know why they would actually stick themselves (most kids hate needles), but I can’t say that it’s the kids fault.

  • Cassy

    I don’t believe this story. Sorry. Kids don’t like needles, they don’t volunteer to play with them and actually volunteer for injections. And how old were there? Are they living in Rainbow Valley Kitty Unicornville or something that they’ve never been warned about needles before?

  • Anonymous

    This is very scary and I am glad the police came into discuss with the children what if found they should be careful of. The parents and school seem calm and do what needs to be done. I hope they get the kids on medications to be on the safe side.

    Morbid your following statement really shocked me.

    Dr. Catherine Latham, Lynn Superintendent of Schools, told reporters that neither of the boys who got stuck with the syringe are in trouble, but will be getting blood tests to find out if they’ve killed each other.

    HIV, Hepatitis, and even Tuberculosis (though not not blood bore, but through sneezes, saliva, and spit) are no longer death sentences. I may be an asshole here and there, but I have counseled people with these infections and it turned out that their fear was worse than their diseases in 99% of the cases.

    I know this is a drop fear sight, but people commit suicide regarding infections of these and several other diseases.

    Just to keep an even field, I will say it: Fuck you John Q!

  • Anonymous

    I have kids that age and they know not to pick up and play with sewing needles. They wouldnt touch something like that if they found it on the street. How did the kids not know its not safe to touch a needle they find lying around? It just blows my mind…

  • Anonymous

    I have kids that age and they know not to pick up and play with sewing needles. They wouldnt touch something like that if they found it on the street. How did the kids not know its not safe to touch a needle they find lying around? It just blows my mind…

  • Anonymous

    I have kids that age and they know not to pick up and play with sewing needles. They wouldnt touch something like that if they found it on the street. How did the kids not know its not safe to touch a needle they find lying around? It just blows my mind…

  • Anonymous

    I have kids that age and they know not to pick up and play with sewing needles. They wouldnt touch something like that if they found it on the street. How did the kids not know its not safe to touch a needle they find lying around? It just blows my mind…

  • Anonymous

    I have kids that age and they know not to pick up and play with sewing needles. They wouldnt touch something like that if they found it on the street. How did the kids not know its not safe to touch a needle they find lying around? It just blows my mind…

  • Anonymous

    Wow, those are some stupid ass kids. Also, stupid ass parents if they seriously haven’t had the needles on the street/playground talk with their kids yet.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, those are some stupid ass kids. Also, stupid ass parents if they seriously haven’t had the needles on the street/playground talk with their kids yet.

  • http://infowars.com Domino

    LOL! god. this is rich. i wish i could feel sympathy for these “darlings” and their family.

  • Athena

    In that case, it’s just stupid parents, isn’t it? Or are you really going to blame little kids for not knowing any better. Common sense takes even longer than adult teeth to grow in. :P

  • Athena

    In that case, it’s just stupid parents, isn’t it? Or are you really going to blame little kids for not knowing any better. Common sense takes even longer than adult teeth to grow in. :P

  • Athena

    In that case, it’s just stupid parents, isn’t it? Or are you really going to blame little kids for not knowing any better. Common sense takes even longer than adult teeth to grow in. :P

  • Athena

    In that case, it’s just stupid parents, isn’t it? Or are you really going to blame little kids for not knowing any better. Common sense takes even longer than adult teeth to grow in. :P

  • Anonymous

    If they were given the don’t touch needles talk and did it anyway, yes, they’re idiots. Otherwise, the parents are the morons.

  • Pyncky

    Probably dared each other to do it.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to show this story to my son!!! I spent 35 minutes picking up needles in the parking lot of our local shopping center. Granted they were probably brand spanking new… but… that was still no reason to just leave them for someone else to clean up…. Along comes me…. cars had spread them everywhere….. it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r…. my son was so mad at me… but I told him there was no way I was walking away and leaving them for some child to come along and pick them up. His reply, “What kid in their right mind would do that?” UM, UM. it happens…..I ended up with 42 syringes…. to dispose of… I took them in to the pharmacy and they disposed of them properly. And they had me sanitize my hands …Just in case! Scary thought… what if one of those children had managed to shoot an air bubble into a vein… Just sayin’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

    Well, unless the needle contained any liquid blood, they aren’t at risk for HIV. It can’t live out outside of the body for very long, and a needle found by this kid probably had a good window of at least a few hours between its use and its discovery by this kid. That’s a relief. Tetanus, I’d be more concerned about.

  • Anonymous

    HBV can live in dried blood for up to 10 days… and the danger with it is most show no symptoms…. all the while the liver is being ravaged…. and drug users are a high risk group for HBV

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    Um. As a parent, I can barely get my kid to get the shots she needs. I can’t even picture her touching a needle willingly, let alone getting stabbed with one. Geez!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    Um. As a parent, I can barely get my kid to get the shots she needs. I can’t even picture her touching a needle willingly, let alone getting stabbed with one. Geez!

  • http://myspace.com/carmella75 Carmella M

    That’s just so fucked up…this is to all the junkies out there: CLEAN UP YOUR SHIT!!!!!!….who else would discard a fuckin needle in such a way…

  • Over The Rainbow

    I remember late last summer I was staying at a campground in the middle of nowhere near a small town I was working in. I went to use their outhouse one morning, and there was a heroin kit in there, complete with a syringe and used bent spoon just laying on the floor. If that didn’t creep me out enough, I looked up in the dim light in there and realized there were black widows in the corners of the ceiling. Needless to say, I didn’t care much to use that shitter after that. *shudder*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miles-Voltaire/100000209908782 Miles Voltaire

    I think we’re all overlooking the fact that they’re no more than 7. Kids may grow up fast these days, but they were still kids. (Am I too fondly remembering that some of my classmates in second grade used to play ‘Dentist’ with twigs and dirty sticks?)
    As it is, they’ve learnt too late that there are some things you shouldn’t pick up, and that Lynn junkies are utter shitheads and scumbags for disposing of gear so sloppily. God help those children.

  • hookerpie

    This story horrified me. I can not imagine waiting on a blood test to find out what my child and their friend did to themselves. My children hate needles. Dont go nowhere near them. Why dont parents walk their children to school anymore. Not only did your child find a needle and stick him and a friend with it they both could have been snatched up and tortured or killed. Im still horrified. Hope these kids didnt set their fate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    My neighbor thinks I’m a nutcase and overprotective because I drive my third grader to and from school. She has never walked to school without an adult. Maybe I should show her this story.
    About a month ago, our neighborhood was cordoned off and there was a standoff at someone’s house. (Turned out crazy guy wasn’t even there anymore.) And we live in small town North Dakota. Her sister was over and her sister’s kids were playing in the front yard. I notified them of what little info I had, and the neighbor had to go find her kids who were walking home from school. I thought that would be enough to make her realize we don’t live in such a safe society anymore, even here, but it wasn’t. I see her kids walking home every day and it makes me sad. Her little girl is sooooo little. :|

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that’s one thing that never occured to talk to my kid about. I thought I had covered it all. Luckily she’s old enough to know better, but jeez kids can get pretty creative when it comes to finding danger.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RK5MAF2VNT32ULNYFIXDANTEC4 Terence

    Good point. Didn’t think about Hep B. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/brittney.east Brittney East

    Stories like this make me want to home school my future kids and not let them out of the house until they turn 18.

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