- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) - Police in a Boston suburb say two young girls were pricked by a used needle while playing outside a school.

Arlington Police say the incident happened Tuesday afternoon outside Gibbs Middle School.

The two girls, ages 5 and 7, had been part of an after-school program when one of them apparently picked up a discarded hypodermic needle and was stuck in the hand. Police say the second girl was pricked when she removed the needle from the first girl’s hand.

The girls were taken to the hospital and medical officials are testing the needle to determine if the girls will need further care.

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie says staff will be conducting “extensive” searches to make sure school grounds are clear of needles and meet Wednesday to consider other responses.

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