Dr David Kirrage from Public Health England says the risk that any child has caught an infection is "negligible", and they and Moreton School in Wolverhampton are working to reassure parents, after 20 pupils were jabbed with a diabetic testing needle.
Following the stabbing of around 20 Year 7 pupils at a school in Wolverhampton with a diabetic pen on Monday, Carl Williams, Headteacher at Moreton School, said:
“This is a deeply concerning incident. As soon as we were alerted to it, we contacted parents of the children affected and spoke to the local police. We are also working closely with public health experts and further advice and reassurance is being given to parents today.
“We take the health, wellbeing and safety of all our students extremely seriously and we would like to assure all parents and guardians that we are treating this incident with the gravity required.”
Public Health England's West Midlands Health Protection Team says it's been working closely with the Head Teacher at Moreton Community School, after up to 20 Year 7 pupils were stabbed with a diabetic needle by an 11-year-old boy on Monday.
It's advised parents that although the health risk is minimal, parents of children involved should take them to an A&E department to receive a vaccination against Hepatitis B.
Dr David Kirrage, consultant at the West Midlands West Health Protection Team, said:
“We have been working closely with the school to advise the best course of action, to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of students involved in the incident. We have been liaising with NHS colleagues including the A&E department at New Cross Hospital. We are also contacting local GPs, as the students receiving an initial vaccine from A&E will need a couple of follow-up vaccinations from their own family doctor, one and two months after the incident.”
An 11-year-old boy has been arrested by police after reports up to 20 children were stabbed with a diabetic pen at a school in Wolverhampton.
Officers from West Midlands Police received three complaints from parents on Monday June 2, saying their children has been jabbed with a finger-prick pen by a fellow pupil at the Moreton Community School.
Sergeant Steve Perry, from Low Hill, said:
"Officers have been into the school and identified at least 20 children it’s believed were jabbed with the pen. It has a needle ’nib’ just 3mm in length so none of the children are seriously hurt and public health officials have advised that the chance of infection is negligible.
"However, the pupils have been advised to have hepatitis injections as a precaution. An 11-year-old boy was arrested from his home address in Low Hill yesterday morning (June 3) and having been questioned by police has been bailed until a date July pending further enquiries."