20 First Graders Hospitalized After Student Brought Heroin To School

| by Will Hagle

Twenty first graders were brought to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for examination on Tuesday after a student brought heroin into the classroom. 

According to NewsOK, the six-year-old student brought eleven packs of heroin into Commodore John Barry Elementary School in Philadelphia. Only two of the packets were opened in the classroom, but one of them had allegedly been opened via chewing. 

“We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker, according to NBC Philadelphia. 

32-year-old Marie Hunter, the mother of the young girl who brought the drug into the school, has since been charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, as well as general narcotics charges. Hunter’s 28-year-old boyfriend Christopher Troy-Jenkins White also faces the same charges. 

The 20 students were sent to the hospital as a precaution but all of them were released without injury. The girl who brought the drugs to the school claimed to feel dizzy and ill but was also healthy upon release. She is currently under the supervision of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services along with her three siblings as Hunter and White are in custody.

The origin of the heroin has still yet to be determined, as police claim to only have found marijuana packets upon conducting a search of the house.