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Blood experiment costs Harnett (NC) teacher her job
WRAL.COM ^ | 28 OCTOBER 2013 | WRAL.COM

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: almostalltypea; northcarolina; publicschools; typea; unfitteacher

1 posted on 10/28/2013 7:17:05 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

what in the world was she thinking?


2 posted on 10/28/2013 7:18:02 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

We did it when I was in school


3 posted on 10/28/2013 7:19:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GeronL
It was all good up to the hardware reuse point.

What ever happened to becoming blood brothers anyway?

4 posted on 10/28/2013 7:20:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek

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.


5 posted on 10/28/2013 7:21:39 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Years ago we did this in school - with a fresh sealed needle for each student.

As for this ditz, her command of English is weak too.

6 posted on 10/28/2013 7:23:37 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


7 posted on 10/28/2013 7:23:39 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I don’t see the problem. I did the same thing in H.S. (Except we didn’t reuse the lances)


8 posted on 10/28/2013 7:23:51 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Paladin2
It was all good up to the hardware reuse point.

Agreed. Back in the days when kids had more starch in their shorts than the adults of today.
9 posted on 10/28/2013 7:23:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Pin pricks bad, butt pricks good. /s


10 posted on 10/28/2013 7:25:59 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

some idiot mother got all freaked because aids is transferred by blood


11 posted on 10/28/2013 7:27:29 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: cripplecreek

Same here. That’s how I found out I was A+. 5th grade science class.


12 posted on 10/28/2013 7:27:46 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: RightGeek

I dunno. We did it with our scout knives.


13 posted on 10/28/2013 7:28:59 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Traveler59

And did HIV even exist when you were in school????


14 posted on 10/28/2013 7:29:29 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (If my body dies, then let it die, but let my country live.)
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To: yldstrk

Parents were upset because their kids were encouraged to bleed themselves in government screwl.

They have every right to be upset.


15 posted on 10/28/2013 7:29:32 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


16 posted on 10/28/2013 7:31:42 PM PDT by marron
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Good idea, flawed execution.


17 posted on 10/28/2013 7:32:10 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


18 posted on 10/28/2013 7:32:30 PM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains' obama's America)
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To: Hardraade
Scouts are allowed to have knives?

Axes?

Matches?

Rifle Ranges?

Cleanliness?

19 posted on 10/28/2013 7:32:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: svcw

I don;t think government agents should be making kids bleed


20 posted on 10/28/2013 7:34:51 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Hardraade
I dunno. We did it with our scout knives.

We used .22 stingers to make sure we got a good bleed. Twas but a flesh wound.
21 posted on 10/28/2013 7:35:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dead Corpse

I don’t have a clue what blood type I am.


22 posted on 10/28/2013 7:35:27 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Science is only fun when it's dangerous.

23 posted on 10/28/2013 7:36:34 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: cripplecreek; Hardraade
I dunno. We did it with our scout knives.

Under the orders of a government agent?

24 posted on 10/28/2013 7:37:09 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


25 posted on 10/28/2013 7:39:44 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ClearCase_guy
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26 posted on 10/28/2013 7:42:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Paladin2

Agree. We typed in high school too.


27 posted on 10/28/2013 7:43:55 PM PDT by mykroar (China and Russia are playing chess while Obamas's playing 52 card pick-up.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


28 posted on 10/28/2013 7:44:48 PM PDT by struggle
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To: mykroar
"We typed in high school too."

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.)

29 posted on 10/28/2013 7:53:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
After using the needles, the students wiped them with alcohol swabs so the next class could use them.

That will come in handy as future heroin addicts and HIV contenders --

30 posted on 10/28/2013 7:54:07 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


31 posted on 10/28/2013 7:56:39 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: GeronL
No government agents, but lots of knives, hatchets, blood, and a minimum of cleanliness.

This is the classic Mora, ca. 1957. Mine was green.

Scout knife photo mora.jpg

32 posted on 10/28/2013 7:56:45 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I know what blood type I am.

Red.


33 posted on 10/28/2013 8:00:03 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: lee martell

Thank God the crazy teacher wasn’t doing sex-ed, half the class would be pregnant


34 posted on 10/28/2013 8:00:09 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: ClearCase_guy

Science is fun only when its dangerous, Said a certain Walter White.


35 posted on 10/28/2013 8:02:21 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: cripplecreek

YOU DIDN’T SHARE NEEDLES!!

She had the kids share lancets! What a moron!!


36 posted on 10/28/2013 8:02:37 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Paladin2

Uh, AIDS, hepatitis...


37 posted on 10/28/2013 8:03:15 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: lee martell

38 posted on 10/28/2013 8:08:15 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: GeronL

Well, only the girls, obviously :).


39 posted on 10/28/2013 8:16:45 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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


40 posted on 10/28/2013 8:24:36 PM PDT by Farnsworth (One Big Assed Mistake America)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Ahhhhhhhh!


41 posted on 10/28/2013 8:30:46 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

If you have an unusual blood type, it would be a good thing to know.


42 posted on 10/28/2013 8:32:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


43 posted on 10/28/2013 8:38:45 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


44 posted on 10/28/2013 8:39:00 PM PDT by Do the math (Doug)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

i did this in JR High School


45 posted on 10/28/2013 8:52:06 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

We did this in 10th grade but everyone had a sterile lancet.


46 posted on 10/28/2013 11:24:44 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
"I don’t have a clue what blood type I am."

Look at your dog-tags, soldier.

47 posted on 10/29/2013 4:03:53 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: cripplecreek

“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.


48 posted on 10/29/2013 11:37:04 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Shimmer1

Probably. In Africa. And mostly in monkeys.


49 posted on 10/29/2013 2:18:31 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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