Kids will be kids?

4 US middle school kids have been suspended for ‘stabbing’ 13 others with an insulin pen that one of them brought into school from their grandmothers home.

There will now be a long period of worry for the families of these 13 children. Elsie Semien, principal of Arnaudville Middle, said a physician with whom she consulted said the risk of contracting a bloodborne disease is minimal. The Centers for Disease Control places the risk at less than 1 percent. That is a small chance but not insignificant and this low figure will be little comfort for these families.

Fortunately, the ‘fun’ to be had with an insulin pen is perhaps not much different with the same game played with a heavily bloodstained syringe and needle discarded by an IV drug abuser from which the risk of infection is substantially greater.

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