Five third-grade students at a Bronx elementary school were allegedly stuck with a hypodermic needle by another student last week, parents and police say.
According to a report filed with police by school officials Friday, a girl brought a hypodermic needle to PS 121 on Sept. 15, and another child, a boy, took the needle and stuck five other students.
But one of the boys who was poked with the needle said it was the girl who wielded the needle.
"She said, 'Do you want to get poked?' I said 'no,' and she poked me anyway," said the 9-year-old boy, who initially thought it was just a game.
The boy's mother, Curtisha Davis, said she took her son to the emergency room as a precaution. So did Evette Rivera, the mother of another boy who was pricked with the needle. The boys were put on anti-viral medication as a precaution.
"They don't know if it was clean, unclean. They don't know what type of needle it was. I don't know what type of needle it was," said Rivera.
The parents said the district did not immediately send the five children to the hospital to be checked out. They are also questioning the delay in reporting the incident to police.
A spokeswoman for the school district said the Office of School Health and the principal at PS 121 are investigating, including how the girl got the needle and why she brought it to school.
Davis is not satisfied.
"I keep going in every day," she said. "I'm gonna continue until somebody gives me a report or tells me where the needle came from."
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