Customs like “blood brothers” or “blood sisters” are dangerous and have many times put people at risk for contracting various diseases.
On the other hand, if you get someone else’s blood into your mouth, that’s a whole other ballgame, especially if they are infected with a bloodborne illness. The more blood that gets into your mouth, the greater the risk of infection.
Earlier this week, a Norwegian kindergarten teacher was fired for bringing a vial of her own blood to class and letting her students touch and taste it.
The principal of the school told reporters that the woman brought in a blood sample taken earlier in the day and poured it on a plate for the children to see.
According to Reuters, the children had asked if they could touch it and the temporary employee let them.
“Then they asked ‘how do we get it off?’ so she put her finger in her mouth and the children followed suit,” said Inger Lise Soemme Andersen. She also added that the employee was tested for Hepatitis B and AIDS, but results are not in yet.
Of course, the parents of the children are disgusted by the incident, which sounds like a scene from the HBO television series True Blood.