A three-year-old boy was taken to hospital as a precaution on Saturday after he scratched his hand on a syringe in a Toronto elementary school playground.

The incident happened at Charles G. Fraser Junior Public School in the Trinity-Bellwoods area, police say.

Const. Craig Brister, spokesperson for Toronto Police Service, said they received a call at 6:50 p.m.

“This is not uncommon,” Brister said on Sunday. “It’s sad this is happening. It’s not a very optimistic statement as to where we are as a society.”

Brister said the syringe will likely be tested to determine if it contained any substances.

Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board, said syringes have been found in school playgrounds before.

“You do find these things in yards,” he said. “We do see this from time to time.”