A mother was horrified to learn that her son, a student at Myrtle Beach Middle School, was stabbed with a hypodermic needle while she thought he was safely attending classes. The school’s actions angered her enough that’s she has filed a lawsuit against the entire Horry County School District.
According the court papers, on May 11 one child used a hypodermic needle to stab Janet Threatt’s son. At least three other students were pricked by the same needle.
The incident has been traced back to the school nurse who was responsible for testing a female student’s blood sugar levels and administering insulin to her as needed. That was fine. What wasn’t fine was what the nurse did next.
The lawsuit states that, “on the day in question, the school nurse failed to dispose of the female student’s insulin needle and diabetes equipment and instructed the female student to dispose of the items herself.”
The problem is that student didn’t place the needle in the sharps container like she was supposed to. Instead she held onto the needle and used it to stab Threatt’s child as well as three others. When the incident became known, Threatt’s child was immediately transported to receive medical care.
The female gave the needle to another student who stabbed Threatt’s child, according to the document. Grand Strand Medical Center for a series of blood tests. One blood test wasn’t enough to determine whether or not he’d developed any blood borne illnesses as a result of being stabbed with the used hypodermic needle. His blood will have to be tested for at least six months.
In the lawsuit, Threatt states that she expected the school to keep her son “reasonably safe” while he was in their care. The failure to make sure the hypodermic needle was properly disposed violated that trust.
The lawsuit states that the school is guilty of: not warning Threatt’s child of a dangerous situation, allowing a an unsafe, dangerous and/or hazardous condition to develop on the premises, not protecting Threatt’s child from dangerous conditions, and improper safety procedures.
Threatt is seeking actual damages to make up for the medical bills she’s acquired on her son’s behalf as a result of the incident. She’s also seeking punitive damages for the mental and physical pain her child has endured as a result of this episode.
The school has not issued a statement regarding the personal injury lawsuit. The girl who actually stabbed Threatt’s son with the needle is facing criminal charges.
“I’m horrified by this case,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “I’m one who trusts the schools and the people they employee so to find out that a school nurse behaved so recklessly truly shocks me. In cases like this, liability matters can be complicated so I’m glad to learn that the boy’s mother has enlisted legal aid and filed a personal injury lawsuit.”
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