According to The Huffington Post on Thursday, Miyoshi McMillan, an honors biology teacher in North Carolina, allowed students to use the lancing needles to prick their own fingers and then wipe them with alcohol swabs so the next class could use them.
Students who declined the blood test were given an alternate assignment, but one concerned student left class to call her parents, who then alerted assistant principals.
McMillan was fired by the end of the day, but told WTVD that she was set up to fail.
"I believe it's really been blown up and it's been a character strike against me," McMillan told the station.
The school sent letters home with every student in the biology classes, Harmon-Lewis said. Officials recommended the students be evaluated by their doctor within 24 hours to have their blood analyzed.
"All staff members at the school have gone through training, which included blood-borne pathogens," said Harmon-Lewis. "The staff should know not to do those things in classes. That is why she is no longer employed with Harnett County schools."
All students returned to school the next day, Principal Harmon-Lewis said.
McMillan, who had been working as a teacher since 2009, was a lateral-entry teacher at the time of her firing, according to Patricia Harmon-Lewis, spokeswoman for Harnett County schools, which means she has expertise in the field she teaches, but must still obtain a North Carolina teacher's license. She was a first-year teacher at Overhills High School.
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