April 14th, 2010
01:39 PM ET

3rd grader passing out drugs at school






Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

An 8-year-old boy brought dozens of packets likely containing heroin to school, Pennsylvania authorities said. According to school officials, the child was handing the packets out to fellow students in his third-grade class.

The child, whose name has not been released, is not expected to be charged because of his age, the Wilkinsburg Police Department said Wednesday. Lindsey Neyland, public relations director for the Wilkinsburg School District, said the incident happened Tuesday morning at Turner Elementary School. Wilkinsburg is a small town near Pittsburgh.

"Apparently a teacher saw the student fumbling with items from his pocket and investigated what he was doing. That is when the drugs were discovered," the police statement said.

Investigators said they recovered approximately 60 folded packs, each marked with an ink stamp impression of the words "Trust Me."

Eighteen other open packets were found in the classroom garbage, police said.

 A field test determined that the substance inside the packets appeared to be heroin, police said. They added that the suspected heroin will be sent to a crime lab for confirmation.

No arrests have been made but police said the investigation is ongoing. They said the Allegheny County Children-Youth and Family service has been contacted.

In a letter to parents, Neyland advised them to "to talk to their children about any interaction they might have had with the student and, possibly, the substance, and take appropriate action."

The letter also said the school "will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action in this case to ensure the continued safety of all children."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. rita

    Plz somebody tell me what u think about this.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  2. rita

    Is it just me or is the entire world going nuts? When I was growing up (yes I know I sound like an old fogie) but my parents tried to set a good example. Perhaps I was just lucky.

    I seriously doubt this kid went out to a street corner ,bought the drugs & decided to simply trot down to the schoolyard & begin passing out dope...Could be wrong.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  3. rita

    Where did the kid get the drugs? My bet would be at home Good grief.. Better check out the parents & get the child outta the house b4 someting worse happens to this child and to his peers.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  4. kieraChang

    What the h***? Seriously? Next thing we know, 5-year olds are drinking alcohol, better yet, smoking at the age of 3

    April 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  5. t

    The parents , need to be charge for this and the third grader need to be educated on this . This is a shame

    April 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  6. candygurl

    This is ridiculous, the authorities need to investigate the parents. This is why more and more parents are resorting to home schooling, I don't blame them at all.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  7. Heather Maddock

    What on earth is going to happen to this child? And what about the parents?? Where did they get it?? This is absolutely one of the scariest things I have ever read as a parent with a child in public schools!!

    April 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  8. william


    April 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  9. Bernardo

    This is just an example of how damaged the US society is. Drugs are all over the place and very accesible to everyone. When the US says it's trying to keep drugs away from your children, it's a big fat lie.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  10. silk

    Parenthood is the problem. Parents need to take care of their children better. I am not saying the parents should bear all responsibilities, but should be part of them.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  11. kade madison

    Wow, we never did that stuff til 4th grade, boy, how times have changed, lol...ok, yes, more seriously, this is beyond bad, and certainly parents should be investigated, as well as finding out if an older student has talked this kid into handing something out he was completely unaware of. This is something that certainly needs swift action. I wonder if the child really knew what he/she was doing ? And that it was wrong ? For a third grader, probably not. Then again, times being the way they are today, one can never assume.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
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    April 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm |