Suwannee County student accused of sticking classmates with needle

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 6, 2018

LIVE OAK, Fla (WCTV) -- People we spoke with Tuesday afternoon say they are disturbed and concerned for teacher and student safety following allegations that a student had been poking others with a needle.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says it received several complaints about a 15-year-old student at Suwannee High School. That same student previously was accused of posting a picture of himself with a gun.

Those with loved ones attending school said they're worried.

"I have grandchildren in the school system now and, yeah, you're scared everyday they go. They ought to be safe at school," said James Black.

Other parents also are concerned with what could end up happening after kids are stuck with an unknown object.

"I would be very concerned with the transmission of blood-born pathogens these days, you never know where a child may have placed the needle," said Shan'na Smith.

A student at Suwannee High School we spoke to was familiar with the situation, saying the suspect was the instigator.

"He'll tell you to look off real quick and be like 'look over there' and then he'll stab you with it. One kid broke out, his skin broke out on him, eczema, just scratching away, just scratching away. It wasn't anything to play with," said Rango Ford, a senior at the school.

We reached out to the district superintendent Tuesday, but he declined an interview until after the investigation is complete.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 6, 2018

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says a 15-year-old student is facing charges after allegedly sticking several students with a needle at Suwannee High School.

Authorities say a probable cause affidavit has been filed with the State Attorney’s Office, outlining charges of simple battery and disruption of a school function.

The State Attorney’s Office will now decide if there’s enough evidence to press charges against the student.

This comes after officials reportedly received several complaints from different students saying they had been poked multiple times with a needle.

Deputies say the school suspended the student after the disruption.

Authorities say, prior to the needle incident, the same student posted a photo on social media of himself posing with a gun, and suggested that if he was going to shoot up the school, that was how he’d do it.

The Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing.

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