A school teacher in Trenton, New Jersey, was shocked to discover one of her kindergarten students brought heroin to school on Sept. 12.
The teacher who caught the student, a kindergartner at the International Academy of Trenton, originally thought what he had on him was candy. When she looked closer, she realized it was 30 packets of heroin.
The boy caught the teacher's attention after she saw him playing with what appeared to be a candy wrapper, Trenton Police spokesman Lt. Stephen Varn told The Trentonian.
The teacher initially told the student to put the wrapper away, but he subsequently pulled it back out. She then confiscated it and discovered it was heroin. The teacher took the boy’s lunchbox and opened it to find 29 more packets of the drug.
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The student was taken to a nearby hospital, where he tested negative for opioids. Varn said the boy is in good health, but declined to say whether he was released to his parents.
The school ultimately released a statement to its Facebook page, acknowledging the incident:
IAT is following the procedures specified by the law and is working closely with local authorities to handle this matter. IAT is fully committed to providing a safe, healthy environment in which all our students can be engaged, high-achieving learners and positive role models.
In a similar incident, a group of middle school students in Provo, Utah, were suspended -- and one was arrested -- for their involvement in a drug distribution operation that reportedly had gang affiliations. Most were sixth-graders and one was an eighth-grader.
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“We've always had gangs in Provo. What probably sticks out a little bit more than this is the organization this kid had -- and getting the other kids involved -- and the age of these kids involved,” Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua told KSL.
Sources: The Trentonian, International Academy Of Trenton Charter School/Facebook, KSL / Photo credit: The Trentonian