Skip to comments.Blood experiment costs Harnett (NC) teacher her job
Posted on 10/28/2013 7:17:05 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
Spring Lake, N.C. A former Harnett County teacher said Monday that she just wanted her students to get a good, hands-on lesson. School district officials said the activity was a little too hands-on, resulting in the teacher's firing.
Miyoshi McMillan wanted her Overhills High School honors biology students to conduct an experiment on blood typing last Thursday, and she used a lab kit that included synthetic blood and seven lancets.
"Some students were, like, 'Oh, this is cool. I want to know my blood type.'" McMillan said.
She allowed students to use the lancing needles to prick their own fingers. After using the needles, the students wiped them with alcohol swabs so the next class could use them.
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what in the world was she thinking?
We did it when I was in school
What ever happened to becoming blood brothers anyway?
I think government schools need to focus on the basics and get out of anything else. A teacher encouraging kids to poke themselves with needles should probably go to jail. No good can come of it these days.
Abolish government schools.
As for this ditz, her command of English is weak too.
I did it, too, for biology class.
Nobody had the guts to lance their finger but me. The same happened in college. (Even the nursing students couldn’t stab themselves.)
We always used a fresh lancet, duh.
I don’t see the problem. I did the same thing in H.S. (Except we didn’t reuse the lances)
Pin pricks bad, butt pricks good. /s
some idiot mother got all freaked because aids is transferred by blood
Same here. That’s how I found out I was A+. 5th grade science class.
I dunno. We did it with our scout knives.
And did HIV even exist when you were in school????
Parents were upset because their kids were encouraged to bleed themselves in government screwl.
They have every right to be upset.
I can see firing someone for suspending a kid for making a gun with his fingers and going “pow!”.
I can see reprimanding someone for letting kids stick themselves in a blood-typing exercise. I don’t see firing them, though.
Good idea, flawed execution.
Did this in high school, what’s the big deal except the sharing of the lance....good grief they are like a penny a piece, each should have had their own.
I don;t think government agents should be making kids bleed
I don’t have a clue what blood type I am.
Science is only fun when it's dangerous.
Under the orders of a government agent?
There’s nothing wrong with this. The lancers are not hollow needles and don’t retain blood on the inside.
Cleaning them with alcohol is also no problem, except in this paranoid ignorant society we live in, it is ill-advised to use them again after being cleaned and sterilized, even though there is nothing wrong with that.
Certainly of all the horrible stupid things that go on in schools in this day and age, this is in no way worthy of being fired.
Agree. We typed in high school too.
One of the first things we do at THE FIRST IN SERVICE OF THE YEAR as teachers is watch a movie on blood borne pathogens.
I may be an English teacher, but this is red flag city. Any type of sharps, including lancets, are not to be used in any classroom except with synthetic blood. Don’t really see how a bio grad couldn’t understand this.
I went to summer school to learn "keyboarding". ;-)
Nothing like writing (& concurrently typing) a paper in one take.
THAT'S WHEN MEN WERE MEN AND WOMEN WERE WOMEN...(accidentally hit the shift lock - never happened back in the day.)
That will come in handy as future heroin addicts and HIV contenders --
This first year teacher made some basic errors, but I’m impressed that she cares enough to recognize student enthusiam, and make attempts to incorporate that excitement in the classroom. I hope she tries again, just don’t go all Robin Williams Rebelious just yet.
This is the classic Mora, ca. 1957. Mine was green.
I know what blood type I am.
Thank God the crazy teacher wasn’t doing sex-ed, half the class would be pregnant
Science is fun only when its dangerous, Said a certain Walter White.
YOU DIDN’T SHARE NEEDLES!!
She had the kids share lancets! What a moron!!
Uh, AIDS, hepatitis...
Well, only the girls, obviously :).
Yep, I had to go through the blood borne pathogens training, big no-no. HIV, HEP A,B and C isn’t something to risk for class experimentation
If you have an unusual blood type, it would be a good thing to know.
Absolutely ignorant to try to reuse the lancets.
Students during the past 37 years have done this experiment, found it interesting, and gained some knowledge with zero negative events.
It’s the teacher’s responsibility to know for sure what is allowed per the district they work for. She should have made sure it was ok, and someone with her degree should have known better than to try to reuse needles.
True, but expensive. I had to pay for a lot of lab equipment when one of my ‘experiments’ sort of, kind of, blew up the lab. It also took a few months for my eyebrows to grow back.
i did this in JR High School
We did this in 10th grade but everyone had a sterile lancet.
Look at your dog-tags, soldier.
“We did it when I was in school”
Yes I think we did this too, but I don’t think I was there that day, since I still don’t know my blood type. But I vaguely remember being disappointed about it. Maybe I was there but didn’t get to participate.
However, that being said, maybe it’s not the world’s greatest idea. There wasn’t HIV/AIDS in those days for just one example.
Probably. In Africa. And mostly in monkeys.