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Police: Teen gave friends tattoos while at school

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police have charged a 15-year-old high school girl they say gave homemade tattoos to two friends on school grounds.

The Westerly Sun (http://bit.ly/2qjCaBb ) reports that the Westerly High student gave the two girls, ages 15 and 16, tattoos with a sewing needle tied to a frozen-pop stick Friday. A staff member saw the tattoos and informed a school resource officer.

Police Capt. Shawn Lacey says the resource officer had to file charges because it’s against state law to tattoo a minor. Lacey says the girls were cooperative when questioned.

Officials say one tattoo was a sun and moon combination; the other was a semicolon linked to a faith-based nonprofit that supports people with suicidal thoughts.

The girls’ parents were notified and the case was referred to family court.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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