Lawsuit filed over student stuck with needle at Painted Sky Elementary


An Albuquerque mom says her young daughter was poked by a diabetic needle during recess at her elementary school. Now, the family is taking legal action because the family believes the school did not do anything to make sure their daughter was safe.

“She was in 5th grade and went out onto the playground for recess,” says Nancy Cronin.

Cronin is representing an anonymous mother who got a disturbing phone call from her daughter last year.

It was only three weeks left until the end of the school year at Painted Sky Elementary School on the Westside.

“During the recess time, she was struck by a needle by a fellow student,” says Cronin.

Cronin says the student with the needle on the playground didn’t just stick her client’s daughter either.

“That student stuck that needle in 13-15 other students,” Cronin says.

Cronin says her client’s daughter told the principal, Stacia Duarte, what happened and got a shocking response.

“They didn’t believe her. They called her a liar,” Cronin says.

On top of that, Cronin says the girl was threatened.

“They tried to conduct some type of investigation on her, and made threats to her. Told her that the police were outside the principal’s office and if she didn’t tell the truth, there was going to be trouble,” says Cronin.

The alleged chain of events has led the girl’s mom to sue Painted Sky Elementary and APS.

“We want changes not only for my client, but we want to ensure that APS is aware that this can happen, it has happened, other students may or may not have been harmed,” says Cronin.

Cronin hopes the lawsuit will bring acknowledgment to the situation and hold APS accountable.

“Would like an apology. They would like APS to take this situation seriously,” Cronin says.

Due to the incident, the young girl has to go through blood work to make sure she didn’t contract anything from the needle. So far, the test results have come back normal.

The principal at Painted Sky and APS would not comment on this lawsuit.

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