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Fourth Grader Charged After Bringing Cocaine To School And Sharing With Classmates

By Monica Bielanko |

10-year old faces drug possession charges

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.

The Washington Post reports:

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:

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Fourth Grader Charged After Bringing Cocaine To School And Sharing With Classmates

  1. Citizen Mom says:

    “Should they be held liable by the parents of the other children who ingested cocaine?”
    C’mon! Isn’t the whole reason that we’re shocked by this event is that it would never occur to us that an 8 year old would bring coke to school and give it to his/her friends? I don’t expect a child to bring a dirty bomb or a wild animal into school, but maybe schools should behave as if this were a possibility.
    What is a school to do? Do full body searches of each and every child each and every day before he/she enters the building? Believe me, there are ways around that, too.
    If a child brings a gun to a public library, should the library be sued for not having metal detectors or doing bag searches?
    Go ahead and home school, I certainly understand the feeling, but let’s be clear, there are really only two groups responsible for what a child brings anywhere: the child and the parents.

  2. touhy says:

    Oh, please, what is going on in public schools is what is also going on in private schools, they just hush it up. And in home schooling? We’d never know, would we? What’s going on is that we have a 24 hour news cycle and people need to fill it up with stuff. All this and much worse has been going on pretty much forever in lots of places. Life is not risk free. Schools are filled with all types of people. So is the world. Teach your children not to ingest stuff that other kids give them.

  3. Becky says:

    You can look at this story two ways: 1) I can’t believe this sort of horrible thing is happening in our public schools! I’m terrified it could happen in my school system and am seriously considering home-schooling! I mean, 4th graders with cocaine….that’s insane!!! 2) Fourth graders with cocaine is insane, and has got to be a darn rare occurrence. Thank goodness that in this odd situation the teachers noticed something was wrong right away, reported it to the authorities and, most importantly, got the kids the medical care they needed so that ultimately, no one was hurt. I’m glad this public school’s system worked so well.

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