Elementary school alerts parents after used needles found near campus
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
An alarming note was sent home with Montrose Elementary School students this week warning parents that needles were found near the school.
Montrose Elementary Principal Julie Hedge said it's more important now than ever before to educate kids on the dangers of discarded needles.
Hedge said it's becoming too common to find needles scattered throughout neighborhoods and parks, but with needles found so close to her students, she's urging parents to make sure their children know what is safe to touch and what could be dangerous.
The needles were found just lying in the road not far from where nearly 300 elementary students spend each day.
"This is a lesson children need to learn about,” Hedge said.
Hedge sent a note home with students, urging parents to reminds children of the dangers of discarded needles.
"If you see something that looks like a needle and it's sharp and it's laying anywhere, do not pick it up and report it to an adult,” Hedge said.
Jason Marino hadn't heard of needles being found this close to his daughter's school before, but he wasn't surprised.
"It's been in neighborhoods and parks and all that around here so we just tell our kids if they see something just leave it and let us know and we'll dispose of it the right way,” Marino said.
Hedge credits the work of her custodians for never having to worry about a student coming in contact with a needle on school property.
But the sidewalks and roadways surrounding the school concern her.
"Sometimes people, they're careless and they toss out things out windows. Please be responsible if you are a drug user and dispose of them correctly and do not throw them in the streets or lay them down in bathrooms and things like that. Please use the correct disposal if you have used something,” Hedge said.
Police have since removed those needles and Hedge said prior to this incident the school has partnered with the South Charleston Police Department and the University of Charleston to teach students about needles and what to do if they find one.