This story is appalling Because the Mayor of Boston decided rather than to protect the kids we should be educating the needle users to learn how to dispose of the needles.
STORY: A young child was pricked by a needle in the North End while playing after school late last week. It happened just steps from the Eliot School in a public park where many kids play.
That elementary student now has to endure a series of tests.
Parents and neighbors both tell Boston 25 News that they routinely complain about open drug use and dealing at the park.
The student who attends the school was poked by a discarded needle that was hidden in a flower planter.
“We can’t even protect our children, that’s sad,” said Josephine Piazza, a neighbor.
It’s a health scare that could happen anywhere. But what happened to a child playing after school in the North End is not being taken lightly by neighbors.
“Yeah it makes me mad, but what are you going to do?” asked Piazza.
“This is a problem,” said one anonymous neighbor. “This park here is a huge problem, it’s just been redone and it’s a huge Mecca for heroin addicts for dealing heroin.”
That neighbor was one of many people who described a concerning pattern of drug use at the Paul Revere Mall, known as “The Prado,” which just underwent a $3 million revitalization this past summer.
The outdoor urban plaza connects Hanover Street to the Old North Church on the Freedom Trail and sees lots of foot traffic. It’s also a popular spot for recess and after school activities.
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