Parents angry over wrist-cutting incident


Kayla Saenz

Elementary Students at Maryland school cut their wrists using blades out of a  pencil sharpeners a day after a student tried to commit suicide in the restroom. Parents of the students were not notified for nearly three weeks.

Seven students at William Paca Elementary School in Hyattsville cut their wrists on March 29.  A concerned parent came forward about the incident and officials held an investigation.

Just before spring break, parents at the school received a  notice that handheld pencil sharpeners, with the detachable blades, were banned at the school. Last week, parents found out about the cutting incident via a letter from the district following the their in-house investigation.

Officials did not reveal details on why the students had cut themselves, but parents of a fourth grader told FOX5 their daughter had attempted suicide in the same elementary school the day before the cutting incident started. The parents of the girl said she was repeatedly bullied at the school and attempted to hang herself with an apron in the school’s bathroom.