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Used syringes found in playground of Little Italy school

Last Updated Sep 10, 2019 at 1:31 pm EDT

A syringe is seen on the pavement in Toronto in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS/Hugues Cormier

Toronto police have issued a public safety alert after a child discovered a used syringe outside a school in Little Italy.

Police said the child found the syringe in the playground area at the back of Montrose Junior Public School, on Montrose Avenue near Harbord Street, around 8:45 a.m. Monday.

Not knowing the potential risks, the child picked up the syringe. The child later notified a teacher, who then found another syringe in the same area.

The child was not poked or injured by the needles, which were seized and discarded appropriately.

Const. David Hopkinson said parents need to talk to their kids because you can’t always be with them.

“Not always are the kids monitored by a parent, guardian or teacher. They’re given the time to play in the parks, and we’re trying to street-proof our kids by telling them what’s dangerous and what’s not dangerous,” Hopkinson said.

This latest incident came less than a week after four children were taken to hospital after picking up discarded syringes they found.

One of those incidents occurred at Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre near Bay Street and Davenport Road. The parents of a three-year-old boy said their son accidentally put a discarded syringe he found on the playground in his mouth, thinking it may have been a thermometer.

Police said three other school children were sent for medical attention after they picked up discarded syringes found near St. Vincent de Paul Catholic elementary school in the area of Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West.

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