It's a safe bet science classes in Oklahoma and elsewhere are taking note of the mess created in Salina, Kan. A teacher there was suspended for allowing students to reuse the same instrument to draw blood from their fingers as part of a class project.

The district announced this week that it had not endorsed such practices for many years. Teachers are trained at the beginning of the school year about handling bodily fluids.

The teacher apparently allowed nearly two dozen students in two different classes to use the same lancet to draw blood in anatomy and physiology classes, according to an article in the Salina Journal.

That method of obtaining a sample hasn't been used in many years on college campuses and most high schools. There was a time when such practices were routine. We can even remember a time when students came to junior high school with hypodermic needles and a bottle of alcohol and pierced ears for $5 a pair over the lunch hour.

Simulated blood is available and test slides with blood already on them are available. Surely, the science budgets are not so tight that the teacher was cutting corners.

To its credit, the district is paying for two rounds of blood tests on all of the students who did the testing and taking to steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again. We fault the teacher who authorized the testing for her lapse in judgement. But didn't any of those students raise a warning flag?

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