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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