Woman sues school after son poked by ‘dirty needle’ on playground

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An Albuquerque mother is suing Mark Twain Elementary School and the district after she said her son was poked by a dirty needle on the playground. She said the school failed to notify her about the incident.

According to the lawsuit, back in 2014, the woman claims her 5-year-old son came home with a mark on his ankle. 

That mother filed a lawsuit in November, claiming negligence on school staff. In it, she said her son was on the school playground during recess when he was poked by a “dirty needle.” She said one of his friends even helped pull it out from his ankle 

According to the lawsuit, the student was checked-out by the school nurse. However, the mother said the nurse never notified her of the visit or the incident. It wasn’t until the next day when the mom said she confronted the nurse, that she confirmed what had happened.
 
Tuesday, KRQE News 13 cameras also found a used needle just outside the fence where students get picked up at the end of the day. Parents said it’s surprising.

“They have the custodians, they’re really good and they have a volunteer that comes and helps out,” Lola Chavez said. 

Two years ago, KRQE News 13 featured the school and that volunteer about the upkeep of the area. At the time, Principal Mandi Walker said, “A lot of people say about our campus is that it’s clean, spotless if you will.”

Regardless, parents said it’s the responsibility of the school to notify parents if anything like that happens. 

In the lawsuit, the mother said once the nurse confirmed what had happened, she was able to get her son to the hospital to be tested for HIV and hepatitis.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the district to see if the nurse was reprimanded after the incident. A spokesperson said the district does not comment on pending litigation.

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