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City councilor would supplement 3Rs with recognizin' hypodermic needles

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City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) thinks local schools need to educate students on what to do if they find syringes, needles and similar implements in public spaces.

McCarthy's district includes Readville, where a 7-year-old girl was pricked by a discarded needle at Iacono Playground last month.

At the council's regular meeting today, McCarthy also called for a hearing to determine specific protocol for the safe clean up and disposal of needles, syringes and other dangerous objects in parks and beaches. "We should engage the mayor, first responders and public health officials," he said.

"It's a sad day in Boston when we’re not talking about reading, writing or arithmetic," Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who chairs the council's education committee, said. "It's a really low point in the city when we’re teaching young people not on aspirational things for their future but on needles on the ground."

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It would be nice if the city followed the state's Eddie Eagle safety week the 1st of every October and taught Red Cross certfied CPR & first aid classes. A big part of safety is knowing what and what not to do!

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...a public service message from Eddie Murphy.
"Hi boys and girls. Today we're going to talk about bad old high-po-der-mic needles..."

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Got stuck with a needle thrown from a moving car yesterday on 7th betweet H and I street.

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Doing this stuff on a playground or anywhere near a school should mean jail.

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The employees at the Melnea Cass Recreation Center scour the lawn for needles prior to opening so the kids that play on that lawn don't get hurt.

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