Parents fear kindergarteners were stabbed with a ‘dirty’ needle

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Six St. Louis families are waiting for test results to come in after their children, all kindergarteners, were stabbed with a hypodermic needle in class.  And at this point, no one is quite sure where the needle came from.

It happened Monday at Monroe Elementary in South St. Louis.  The family of Aalanah Bowman says she was one of the six kids essentially stabbed with the insulin style, hypodermic needle.  She was stabbed in the tongue.

Her father says they now have all the worries that come with exposure to what could be a dirty needle.

“Disease,” Ron Bowman said.  “The worst ones.  The ones that you can’t get rid of.  The ones that will alter your life forever.”

Bowman says officials at Monroe told him the girl who brought the needle to class found it between seats on the school bus.  She brought it to class, then, during some sort of fight, she stabbed herself with the needle, then the others.  St. Louis school officials would only confirm the part about the girl stabbing herself and being one of six total victims.  Whether it had been used, and how it got there are all now under investigation by school officials.

“It appears to us it’s an insulin needle,” spokesman Patrick Wallace said.  “A needle for people who need to take insulin shots.  But as part of our investigation we’re obviously having the needle examined.”

The six kids were all taken to the hospital to have their injuries checked.  Bowman says Aalanah is being tested for diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

“(We’re)extremely worried because we talked to the principal this morningand she notified us that no one that was driving on the bus was a diabetic, so that automatically rules out insulin.”

School officials aren’t commenting on most details due to privacy issues as well as the ongoing investigation.  But they say finding answers is a priority.

Wallace said, “It’s a serious incident that the district is going to investigate thoroughly to see all kinds of information we need to learn about:  why it happened, how it happened.”

The Bowmans have other questions:  “How did this needle get on the bus?  Who did this needle come from?  And what was on the syringe.”