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.

http://www.dailyworld.com/article/20101121/NEWS01/11210312

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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