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High school warns of students piercing one another

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A professional body piercing is performed at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas. (FOX5) A professional body piercing is performed at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas. (FOX5)

It's a bad idea to body pierce yourself or friends, and it's apparently gotten out of hand at a Las Vegas high school.

Spring Valley High School administrators said several students have pierced one another on school property. It came to their attention when a parent notified them, saying his or her child developed an infection.

"It was not done in a hygienic manner. It was done with sharing needles – multiple students using the same needle, and that's a health concern and a student safety concern for us," Clark County School District Communications Manager Michael Rodriquez said.

On Wednesday, Spring Valley's principal sent a letter to parents warning them of the trend.

The school district said seven or eight male and female students pierced each other on and off campus, the on-campus piercings taking place in a locker room.

"We found the piercings ran the gamut, really. Some of them were ear piercings, some of them were naval piercings, and there were piercings on other parts of the body as well, including nipple piercings," Rodriquez said.

"A lot of people don't really put a lot of thought into how much bacteria can actually get into the piercing if it's not done properly," said Alfredo Padilla with Chrome Gypsy Tattoo. "Plenty of things can happen. Just a simple infection can turn into something huge."

Those huge problems Padilla spoke of include hepatitis B and C as well as HIV.

"You never know what is out there, so the best thing to do is stay as safe as possible, get everything done professionally, and make sure to do your research," Padilla said.

The school is speaking with the students involved and reviewing security cameras. Those students could face disciplinary action, including suspension or even expulsion.

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