BOSTON — A student may have been pricked by a hypodermic needle found on a school bus on Friday, the Boston Herald reports.

Officials at Boston Public Schools told the newspaper that at about 8:30 a.m., the bus driver called Emergency Medical Services after the student reported finding the needle and possibly being pricked by it. The student was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and the student’s parents were immediately notified.

Boston Herald obtained a statement from the district that said that it is investigating the incident, bus drivers are checking all buses daily, and also will perform additional checks on “half-size buses," because the needle was found in a compartment specific to that type of bus.

The incident is the third reported in the area involving a child and a discarded hypodermic needle, according to the newspaper. In November, the Boston Herald reported that a 6-year-old boy was pricked by a needle as he was picking up leaves at his school, and in July, a 7-year-old girl underwent precautionary medications used to treat HIV after she was stuck by a needle at a playground.

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