Boynton students awaiting blood test results after being pricked
By Rachel Leigh| October 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM EST - Updated June 28 at 9:20 AM
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Police say a 13-year-old girl at the Charter School of Boynton Beach has created a health scare for her classmates after pricking them with a glucometer Tuesday.
She used the needle that diabetics use to test their blood to attack 20 of her classmates, according to officers. "I had my hands on the bus seat, I turned around, and she poked me," said student Rodney Bazile.
"She went up to us, poked us, she thought it was funny," said classmate Marquis Morrow.
Parents weren't laughing. "I moved him here because I thought he'd be safer here. I guess not," said mother Rosa Perez.
The girl told police it started during gym class when she was hit in the head with a ball by someone who had been bullying her. "She was talking about my pants, and my pants were sweaty, and she asked if I peed in my pants," said Bazile.
Police believe its possible she poked each student with the same needle. Parents were urged to take their kids for blood tests.
Dr. Ramon Vidal at Boca West said it's critically important for authorities to figure out if any of the students have any transmittable diseases. "There could be blood transmitted from one person to the other every time that needle is introduced," said Vidal.
The girl will be charged with 20 counts of battery and negligence. "I'm just waiting for a diagnosis test to see if I'm okay," said Bazile.
According to police, the girl admitted to attacking the child who supposedly bullied her, but denied pricking the other students.
She has not been identified and was taken to the juvenile assessment center.