Apparently, seventeen year old Christian Tucker, who is a student at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, has been doing body piercing on other students during breaks at school.
Fayette County High School is one of five high schools in Fayette County which is just south of Atlanta.
Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of body piercing in general; and especially by an untrained practitioner in unsanitary conditions. This could present a high risk of infection and/or serious injury.
The CDC in Atlanta reports: “Tattoo artists and body piercers should follow health and safety practices to protect themselves as well as their clients from bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and/or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).”
A thirteen year old female student (name withheld) was game for having her naval pierced; but then changed her mind. With the assistance of two other students (who were holding her down), Tucker then proceeded with the piercing. Tucker was arrested on the scene; and the two other students were charged later.
Tucker is being charged with battery, disruption of public school, and piercing the body of a person under the age of 18.
The school’s administrator responded when notified; and saw the attack first hand.
Detective Mike Whitlow was the reporting officer. It was later discovered that the 13 year old had witnessed the piercing of another student (who was 18) earlier in the day in the school’s bathroom; and apparently had changed her mind.
It is not known at this time if Tucker charged students for piercings.
Source: Fayette Citizen reporter Ben Nelms: http://www.thecitizennews.com/articles/09-04-2011/teen-arrested-forcible-body-piercing-during-lunch-fayette-county-high-school
Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of body piercing in general; and especially by an untrained practitioner and in unsanitary conditions.
Even when piercings are performed by professionals, there is still a high risk of infections; and certainly should never be done in a bacteria laden high school bathroom.
Viruses, germs, and bacteria that can cause infections
• Hepatitis B
• Hepatitis C
• HIV and AIDS
While this mother and grandmother does not endorse or advocate body piercing, students are apt to act impulsively in “following the crowd.” Students should discuss this with their parents to obtain their permission; and also to insure that there is little risk as possible. Many times kids just want to do what other students are doing without forethought of such actions.
FDA: “Think before you Ink!” Are Tattoos Safe? http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048919.htm
Parents need to be informed and educated about such matters and speak frankly and openly with their children about making decisions like body piercing or tattoos – helping their child to understand that these are permanent and can present serious health hazards. This old adage certainly applies here? “Act in haste, and repent in leisure!”
Parents and students should at least make sure that the CDC guidelines are adhered to: http://www.cdc.gov/features/bodyart/
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