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.
Where did this woman learn to handle needles, from skid row junkies!???
Harnett County Schools spokeswoman Patricia Harmon-Lewis said every teacher in the district is instructed about the dangers of blood-borne pathogens.
"We don't want students to be, first of all, sharing a needle, and second, to have any type of human blood in the classroom," Harmon-Lewis said.
Overhills High Principal Kylon Middleton called the situation "a nightmare," McMillan said, and the first-year teacher was fired by the end of the day.
Don't fret for her. She already has a new job. Starting next week, she'll be teaching a class of little kids how to run with scissors.