MARYVILLE (WATE) – Some Blount County parents are outraged after 24 students were attacked with thumbtacks at school. Deputies say three teenage girls are to blame.
Two of the victims were taken Friday from Heritage High School to Blount Memorial Hospital. Doctors treated them and gave them blood tests.
Many of the parents say they were not notified.
Mikaela Morrison, 14, says she saw a girl, who she considered a friend, holding a two-inch needle.
She believes the girls involved took a needle from a class where students learn how to sew and began poking students without reason.
"She was just going up to random people with needles just to see what their reaction is," said Morrison. "I don't see what's so fun about that."
Mikaela was one of 24 students at Heritage who were poked by three girls using what deputies say were "thumbtacks."
"It's a cover up," countered Morrison. "Just to make it not sound as bad as it really is."
Mikaela claims a needle penetrated the sweatshirt she was wearing before piercing her skin.
Melody Stinnett says her 14-year-old son was also poked with a sewing needle in his upper left arm.
"He said it really hurt," said Stinnett. "I'm really furious these students could go and do this to these and other kids."
Blount County director of schools Rob Britt told 6 News Saturday that three girls were suspended.
But parents of those attacked say they had no idea about what happened until their children came home from school.
"This was a medical emergency in my eyes," Stinnett said. "Somebody dropped the ball. They should have contacted us as parents about our children."
Jennifer Scott, Mikaela's mother, called an ambulance to rush her daughter to Blount Memorial for emergency blood tests.
"You stick one person, you stick another person, there's always a reason to worry about a kid's health," said Scott.
A hospital spokesperson told 6 News there was initially some concern from students and parents about the possibility of spreading hepatitis, but said there was nothing to support that.
Mikaela and other students that received blood tests will wait weeks for results.
Deputies are still getting victim reports and for now, no charges have been filed.
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