Four-year-old U.S. boy pulls out marijuana at school

Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:09pm EST

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(Reuters) - A four-year-old U.S. boy who announced to his teacher at school snack time that he wanted to share pulled nine bags of marijuana out of his jacket pocket, police said on Wednesday.

Police in Meriden, Connecticut were called to Hanover Elementary School Tuesday afternoon after the young special needs student displayed the drugs, authorities said.

Meriden police said the nine individually wrapped bags of marijuana appeared prepared for sale.

Hanover Elementary School principal Miguel Cardona called it an "extremely unfortunate" and "isolated" incident that was not witnessed by any other students.

"What's so disheartening is this is really an adult issue and problem and adult behavior put a student at risk," Meriden schools superintendent Mark Benigni told Reuters.

"This student had no idea what he brought to school or what the substance was," he added.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the student or parents and police said there is a possibility for arrests pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Department of Children and Families is also looking into the incident.

(Reporting By Lauren Keiper. Editing by Paul Thomasch)

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Comments (19)
jway87 wrote:
Doesn’t seem like that federal marijuana prohibition thing is actually working does it? Forty years of prohibition should have worked by now, if it was going to.

States that have passed medical marijuana laws have seen a 9% drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. We could save a LOT of lives by giving people the right to substitute marijuana for alcohol. Legalize marijuana like wine!

Jan 25, 2012 1:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
madest wrote:
Did the police go on to explain exactly how the child was “at risk”? This was just weed. Not explosives. Big deal over nothing. Now the retarded kid will end up in foster care as his parents are arrested and shipped off to jail in our ongoing nonsense “war” on an inanimate object.

Jan 25, 2012 2:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Parent wrote:
Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains.
If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.

Jan 25, 2012 2:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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