Teacher Suspended After Student Stuck With Needle

Another Pitt County teacher has been suspended, this time after a child was accidentally stuck with a needle while at school.

Amy Burne, who teaches second grade at Ridgewood Elementary School in Winterville has been suspended with pay.

Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Healther Mayo says it happened Tuesday after Burne placed an EpiPen in a box, which made its way into the playground equipment box. A teacher's assistant then took students out to the playground, not knowing about the needle.

Mayo says a girl was getting something out of the equipment box and spotted the other box and took out the EpiPen. Another student saw what had happened and tried to take away the device, and that's when Mayo says he was stabbed.

The boy's mother tells WITN News that her son was stabbed in the thumb and had to stay in the hospital for three hours. She says the girl who found the needle was a special needs student and that the EpiPen contained Epinephrine, which is also known as adrenaline.

On Tuesday a social studies teacher at J.H. Rose High School was suspended without pay after authorities discovered a gun in his vehicle which was parked at the school.

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  • by This is some B.S. on Nov 28, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    Every teacher at Rose High needs a gun, people! If he HAD to be suspended, it should have been WITH PAY.
  • by creekcritter Location: washington on May 2, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    HEY! PARENTS!! Don't leave it up to the school system to raise your kids! TEACH them at HOME to LEAVE stuff ALONE that does not BELONG to THEM!!
  • by Lemonlimo Location: Washington on May 2, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    I got the impression the kids were messing around with stuff they knew they shud not...but they are so entitled these days...my heart goes out to the staff members who are expected to be mom/dad/priest/socialworker/maid...and oh..educator
  • by Trish Location: Winterville on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    Why is Mrs. Burne suspended? The children involved are not her students. Their teacher should have been supervising them. The school nurses have told teachers not to lock up the epi-pens, they need to be available in case of emergency.
  • by Leigh Location: Parent at Ridgewood on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    This is absurd, first off the heading is very misleading, second put Mrs. Burnes back in her classroom where she belongs, she is an AWESOME teacher, mistakes happen everyday, everywhere to everybody. Shame on you WITN for the heading on this article!
  • by Diane Location: Ayden on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    I think we should keep a close eye on the family of this special needs child. So the next time this special needs childs has an accident, maybe Social Seervices can be called in and the parents can be to blame. RIDICULOUS, huh? Just as ridiculous as blaming the teacher!
  • by anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    I certainly think that the Central Office overreacted to this incident. I'm sure the teacher nor the assistant meant to harm anyone. Those that sit in judgement need to spend one day in a classroom or on the playground at this time of the year. Kids are tired and ready for summer vacation and tend to do all kinds of things they normally wouldn't do. Accidents happen and good teachers are hard to find. If you have a good teacher, do everything you can to back her up when an accident occurs. I have an idea that PCS just lost a teacher. I wouldn't return next year after this kind of treatment!
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    I am guessing that most people missed the point that the assistant teacher who took the box of playground equipment and children outside did not know the Epipen was in the box. How is it going to help anyone if no one knows where it is? For all we know it could be the teacher's. If she is inside and it is outside, not going to help her very much if she needs it. For that matter, it isn't going to help a child if everyone is hunting for it because they didn't know where it was since apparently it was not put in a safe place or a first aid kit. With what has been given, Ms. Burne messed up and it could have been a costly mistake. I am glad it wasn't.
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      by parent of a ridgewood student on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to Lynne
      i have to disagree with this.....the assistant teacher by school regulations knew where the medical box was. If she /he did not ques the whereabouts then that A.T. must not have been covering their bases. Obviously it was placed in the recess box for a student in need for outdoor activities.Oh and one other point, if the T.A took the recess box outside and took toys out of the box she clearly knew the first aid box was in there.Use common sense people! Put Mrs.Burne back in her classroom because im sure none of her students are benefiting from this ridiculous action taken by PCS. a
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        by Fact Is on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM in reply to parent of a ridgewood student
        The TEACHER put the pin inb the box (what kind of box?? who knows) WITHOUT TELLING THE TA. Evidently it was not usually put in that box. Don't be dumb and try to pplace whatever blame on the TA. TA's can't do everything to make teachers less responsible. Please!!
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      by Trish on Apr 29, 2011 at 01:12 PM in reply to Lynne
      There was no teacher assistant involved in this,they have the facts wrong.
  • by Supportive of Teachers on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    So ridiculous! Terrible, terrible heading WITN! I am a nurse, and of course this caught my attention right away! This would have had to be injected to even cause a reaction. And the worst it would have done if the child wasn't having an allergic reaction would have been to speed up heartrate, possibly some nausea and vomiting, and a headache. These would have subsided quickly and the child would have been no worse off. This is so horrible. We got paddlings (GASP), yes paddlings with a paddle on our butts and hands with a ruler when I was in school. And guess what, no teacher EVER got suspended and no child ever suffered any harm. In fact, it created a much more responsible and respectful group of individuals. That was ridiculous, at best, to suspend the teacher, and I hope this poor lady doesn't beat herself up too much over this b/c it was an accident, and no one was seriously injured. And no one would have been even if meds were injected.
  • by Yuck on PCS on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    taught one year in PCS...worse place on the planet!!!!! Mrs. Burnes...get out...go to Martin, Beaufort, Edgecombe.

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