Backroom body piercings alarm Vegas schools

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Updated: 12/01/2013 5:59 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say students at a Las Vegas high school have been putting themselves at risk by piercing each other in the ears, navels and nipples with sewing needles and paper clips.

The principal of Spring Valley High School sent a letter home to parents this week, saying the school is investigating reports of body piercings and has notified the Southern Nevada Health District.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the investigation started when a parent reported a child received a piercing from another student and then contracted an infection. District officials say about eight students were pierced by classmates at home and in a school locker room.

Clark County School District officials urged parents to talk with their teens about the dangers of using unsterilized needles and the potential for infection.

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