HARLINGEN – More than 40 Harlingen mid-high students have now come forward with complaints they were pricked with blood testing needles by fellow classmates.

The students were each tested for HIV and Hepatitis B and C, health workers said.

Parents rushed to the school after learning their children were pricked with the lancets.

Cameron County Health Department official Herb Tolentino answered questions about the health risks. Tolentino said there was not a great chance of the students becoming exposed to a disease. To be on the safe side, those involved will be tested again after three and six months.

The state will foot the bill for all tests, officials said.

Meanwhile, police were busy arresting the boys thought to be responsible for the attacks.


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