2008-06-06 / Front Page

Menaces Students With Syringe

By Howard Schwach

Conflicting stories abound over whether several students at PS 105 in Arverne were stabbed with an insulin syringe brought to school by a nine-year-old fourth grader or if they were simply menaced by the girl with the dirty needle.

Two parents and a staffer called The Wave to report that nine students had been "stabbed" with a needle by a girl who found the syringe in the street on the way to school on Tuesday, June 3.

One angry parent said that seven of the students had been stabbed outside the school before the beginning of classes and two others in the building hallway.

"The nine kids remained in school," the parent, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution against her child, said. "There was no medical treatment and nobody made the proper notifications to police or parents."

A spokesperson for the Department of Education, however, tells a far different story.

"We checked the needle and it was a used insulin syringe," Margie Feinberg said on Wednesday. "While we heard that she allegedly stabbed the other students, the school nurse checked all of them, and there was no broken skin, no blood Actually, there were no injuries at all."

Feinberg said that Principal Lori Shapiro notified both the parents and the Department of Education about the incident and the decision was made not to notify the police because no crime was committed.

Feinberg added that the student, who was not identified because of her age, was suspended from the school for menacing the other students.

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