Three third graders in Sonora, Calif., were caught smoking marijuana in the boys’ bathroom of their elementary school.
Another student found the two eight-year-olds and one nine-year-old lighting up and told an adult.
The pot apparently came “from several sources.” The boys did not appear high when they were busted and didn’t seem to know how to use the smoking device.
The kids were taken to the police for questioning and then released to their parents. Local police chief Mark Stinson told Reuters that the tykes are the youngest pot perpetrators he’s ever encountered.
In California, minors under 12 are rarely prosecuted. The boys could be subject to juvenile justice proceedings.
“The first step is we have to determine whether they knew right from wrong,” Stinson said.
“[I’m] shocked. To be in third grade and have their own pipe,” parent Linda Rodriguez told KTXL-TV. “I think they should be expelled, but I also think they should follow it further to where they found [the drugs].”
The incident was confirmed by district superintendent Leigh Shampain, who declined to make any further comments. But both Shamplain and the police chief worry that increased access for minors could be a consequence of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
"It's something to think about,” said Stinson.