Oh, man. I’ve toyed with the idea of home school for quite a while.
I know I’m going to sound like a grandma, but what is going on in public schools in America?
Guns, bullying and now cocaine? In ELEMENTARY school?
A fourth grade boy in Washington, D.C. has been charged with drug possession after allegedly bringing cocaine to school and sharing it with other students.
Four students at Thompson Elementary were hospitalized last Thursday after sniffing or swallowing an unknown amount of the drug and complaining of feeling sick.
When the students became ill, a teacher spoke with the student suspected of distributing a substance and alerted the main office. The students were evaluated by a school nurse and EMTs before being taken to the hospital. School officials said police later determined that the substance was cocaine.
Drug use among elementary school students is not widespread, and the federal government’s two largest annual reports don’t survey anyone younger than 12.
Aside from sore throats, the students are all fine.
School Principal Albert DuPont sent a letter home to shocked parents saying child protective services and the police are trying to determine how the child got the cocaine.
Stuart Hovell, a parent of a student at the school, calls the incident disgusting and says he’ll be sending his daughter to a different school next year. I don’t blame him. I don’t want to send my children to school at all.
Sending a child to school is a huge trust issue. Parents trust the principal and teachers to take care of our children. Could they have stopped a situation like this from happening? Should they be held liable by the parents of the other children who ingested cocaine?
Radio news station WTOP reports that the ten-year-old boy who brought the cocaine to school has been placed in foster care along with a younger sibling. WTOP reports that the D.C. Attorney General’s office has decided not prosecute. The child’s parents, however, could face criminal charges.
Hopefully the parents of the little boy who brought the cocaine to school will be charged. Where else would an elementary student get cocaine? My heart breaks for that child. Drug possession charges at ten-years old. What else has that poor kid experienced at home?
Here’s a report from local station WJLA: