Custodial staff find drug needles on Bidwell Junior High campus

Drug needles were found at Bidwell Junior High School in Chico and parents are outraged. Action News Now spoke to a mother about her concerns.

Posted: Jan 8, 2020 10:21 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Drug needles were found at Bidwell Junior High School in Chico and parents are outraged.

Bidwell Junior High Principal David McKay said there were several hypodermic needles found in and around campus trashcans.

"They have been found on campuses before in our district, not that many of them, not to that magnitude, but we have found unfortunately needles like that before," said Principal McKay.

McKay said a custodian found the needles during night-time clean up and early on Wednesday morning, grounds crews came in, following protocols, to make sure the campus was safe.

Kimberly Burke thinks the needle-litter is getting worse and is concerned about local kids.

"What about the harm reduction for our children? What about them? What about them playing in the park? Or them getting out of a car to go to practice in their socked feet, in the dark and there is a needle on the sidewalk or in the gutter and they don't see it and get poked with that?" Burke explained.

RELATED: CA Department of Public Health approves needle program for Chico

Action News Now spoke with Councilman Sean Morgan, who is not in favor of the new needle distribution program in Chico.

"Immediately everyone is going to go 'oh well, we can trace that back to the needle distribution' and maybe that is true and maybe it's not…right?" said Morgan. "Correlation does not mean causality, however, when you are handing out heroin needles for free in your community, probably you are going to find more heroin needles overall."

"So you can't blame the City Council, the City of Chico allowed this to happen," Morgan continued. "We could stop it, we could write an ordinance that says 'you know, what not in our community', but I don't think that ordinance would pass, but maybe I will give it a shot and see."

North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition was contacted four times by our team and left with multiple messages but they did not respond.

As for those on the middle school campus, nobody was hurt.

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