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Finger-Pricking Incident At School In Edgewater Causes Concern

EDGEWATER, Colo. (CBS4) - Police and school officials are trying to figure out how and why a fifth grade girl took lancets to school in Jefferson County.

A lancet is a small medical needle routinely used to collect drops of blood from infants for medical reasons.

It's believed a total of 10 children who attend Lumberg Elementary School have needle pricks from the incident on Thursday.

"These are typically used in pediatric offices where you take your child, toddler or infant to get a blood test," Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Pinto said.

Lumberg Elementary School
Lumberg Elementary School (credit: CBS)

School officials say the girl who brought the needles grabbed them during an appointment at a health clinic. They said at the time the girl took them they weren't used.

It's not clear at this time why other students were interested in using them to prick their fingers.

"I think it's a little scary," parent Kristina Allen said. "My kid goes here -- they're safe. I'm glad they caught it."

The classrooms have been searched, and school officials are urging parents to check their child's backpacks to make sure none of the needles shows up in a backpack.

Officials said three of the used lancets were sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for testing.

The girl who brought the lancets to school could face disciplinary action.

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