First Grader Brings Heroin to School, Classmates Sent to Hospital

By McCarton Ackerman 06/12/14

The mother of an elementary school girl is suspected of being the source of the drugs that sent 20 kids to Children's Hospital.

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Twenty first-grade students were sent to a Philadelphia hospital this week after one of their peers arrived in class carrying 11 packets of heroin.

A teacher for the six-year-old girl at Commodore John Barry Elementary School noticed her playing with several of the heroin packets in class. Two of the packets had been opened, one of which had been chewed open with her mouth. Police were called to the scene and the 20 students inside the classroom were examined at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before being released.

“I was afraid. My son is just 7-years-old,” said Danitra Sailey, a parent of one of the children in the classroom. “He shouldn’t be exposed to something like that. It just doesn’t make sense to me. It should never have been in the home.”

It’s still unclear how the child gained access to the drugs. The mother of the young girl declined to speak with local reporters, but her home was searched by detectives and it’s expected that charges will be filed against both her and her boyfriend.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that young kids have partaken in a twisted version of show and tell with their classmates. Last month, a Pennsylvania grandmother was arrested after her seven-year-old grandson brought nine bags of heroin to school and attempted to hand them out to friends. This past March, a 27-year-old father from New Jersey was arrested after 48 packets of heroin were found stuffed inside the jacket of his toddler son when he arrived at daycare.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.