A school in the south-east of England has expelled the 14-year-old son of a Premier League footballer for stabbing 15 children with a blood-testing needle, according to The Sun.
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A friend of the 14-year-old was also expelled after they jabbed other pupils with the diabetes pen, which is properly used to check blood sugar levels in sufferers of the condition.
Students at the school had to be tested for HIV, hepatitis and other blood infections following their contact with the needle, although all results came back negative.
It is thought the footballer’s son and his friend found the pen, which has a fine needle to pierce skin the slightly and is said to belong to another pupil, on a desk at stabbed others with it as a joke.
A school source told The Sun: “It’s been dreadful. The whole school is very upset about it.
“I should imagine the boy is absolutely distraught — along with everyone else concerned.”
Police were called into the exclusive school, where many celebrities send their kids, over the incident and parents were advised to send their children for blood tests.
The footballer in question has played both abroad and in the Premier League, making appearances at international level and winning many honours.
The source added: “It’s a fantastic school — second to none. It’s a sensitive situation.
“What they have done they’ve probably done with a heavy heart but they think it’s the right course, not only for the boy but for the school and everybody else concerned.”