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Davenport Woman says Granddaughter Stuck with Hypodermic at School

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        A needle is found in a Davenport classroom, and a student says she was stabbed. That student's family is trying to get answers. And so are we. How does something like this happen? And what happens next?
         "I was just blown away with it," Blown away, Doreen Draughn says, that something like this could happen at school. She says her granddaughter was stabbed with a hypodermic needle at Madison Elementary by a first grade classmate. "I said what is inside your hand," NeiyShawn Sidney tells us. "He showed me, and then he said show me your thumb."  Grandmother Doreen Draughn says, "She held out her thumb, and that's when he stabbed her." "It hurted," Sidney says.
          But her grandmother says what happened next was even harder to take.  She says she sat down with the head nurse, "I was told, it looks clean, that's what she said." And Draughn says, she sat down with the principal too. "He said, well Doreen, there's nothing else I can do about it. We don't know where the needle came from."
         District representatives now say the student found the needle on his walk to school. and told them he only pretended to poke three kids. The incident report filled out that day says "it's possible" the first grader was stuck. Two weeks later, you can't see any mark, but NeiyShawn sidney says it happened.
        No one disputes there was a syringe at school. No one from the District was available to talk with us on camera, but reps say they take this "extremely seriously". They immediately washed the little girl's hand with soap and water, and talked to parents and guardians, suggesting all three students see their doctors. They tell us the needle is now secured in a bio-hazard bag and locked in a secure location. As of Monday, it had not been tested. No word on why not. Or how the boy was able to bring it into a classroom.
       Meantime, Draughn says she's concerned about Hepatitis C, Meningitis and HIV. She says she needs answers.  "You get the bullying you hear about, you hear about the guns and knives, not everyday you hear about needles."  But we expect to be hearing more in the coming days.
      Draughn says she took her granddaughter to a family doctor who drew blood, and wants her to come back in the next several months.  And we do know the student who brought the syringe to school has been disciplined. District representatives are not saying how.
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