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Student Expelled, Used Diabetes Lancet On Classmates

PONTIAC (WWJ)– The Pontiac School Board has expelled a third grader, after it was discovered the student pricked the fingers of some classmates with a diabetes testing device.

Eight-year-old Willie Ratcliff is a third grader at Jefferson-Whittier Elementary School. Officials said he was using the device, known as a lancet, to poke fellow classmates. In all, up to 13 children were poked by the lancet.

Diabetics use the device to get a sample of blood to test their blood sugar.

The boy’s mother said he did not bring the lancet to school, but it was given to him by someone else.

This week, the school board voted to expel the boy, which means he will not be allowed to return to classes until January of 2012.

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