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Parents upset after girls have piercing party at school

Reon Grinage tells Channel 2's Eric Philips the girl pierced herself and then charged three other girls for $5 apiece per piercing. (WSB)
Reon Grinage tells Channel 2's Eric Philips the girl pierced herself and then charged three other girls for $5 apiece per piercing. (WSB)
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Updated: 5/12/2013 8:26 am
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WSB) -- Four girls at Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County were suspended after getting tongue, lip and navel piercings while inside the girls' locker room

Channel 2's Eric Philips talked to 14-year-old Reon Grinage, who was one of the girls who got her tongue pierced.

If you ask her why she did it, she will tell you simply, "I don't know."

Grinage said back in early April, a friend of hers came to school with a piercing kit she said she'd ordered off the Internet.

"She was like, 'Do you want to do it?' I was like, 'Sure.' And she had the whole kit and everything," Grinage said.

So the girls and two others waited until after physical education class when they were supposed to be changing out of their gym clothes back into their school clothes and heading to lunch.

Instead school officials said they doubled back into the locker room and had the piercing party.

"And she used the same needle on that one girl that she did on the other girl," Grinage said.

Days later, one of the girls' mother alerted the school as to what had happened and the girls were all suspended for 10 days.

"You got a tongue piercing like you a street walker," Grinage's aunt, Lena Harrison, said to her.

Harrison said somebody wasn't paying attention.

"How did nobody hear nine girls in the bathroom getting pierced? Because I know it was quite an adventure," Harrison said.

School officials said the locker room was unsupervised, and that's something they need to review.

"Do you think it was right?" Philips asked Grinage.

"No," Grinage replied.

Grinage said one of the girls developed a lip infection from the piercing party.
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