A Philadelphia first grader brought 11 bags of heroin to school. The Commodore John Barry Elementary School student took the drugs to her classroom on Tuesday. Some of the bags of heroin ripped open as a group of 6-year-olds played with them. One bag was reportedly chewed open by a young child.
After the teacher became aware that heroin was in the classroom, police officers and a team of emergency medical responders were called to the Philadelphia elementary school. The child’s mother was reportedly “shocked” that their daughter had 11 bags of heroin. A total of 20 young children were believed to have been possibly exposed to the drugs.
All of the Commodore John Barry Elementary School students were transported and examined at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and released. None of the children showed any signs of drug interaction after being exposed to the heroin, according to local KYW-TV News.
“We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten and we do have one student saying that the young lady who did bring the substance to school did have that packet in her mouth,” Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker told the media. The mother of the first grader who brought bags of heroin to school was interviewed by police detectives, but opted against commenting about the incident with the press.
When asked about the heroin in the first grade classroom, parent Kristina Perry said, “Apparently she [child who brought drugs to school] was playing with the packet and showing it off.” Another parent, Danitra Salley, recalled being afraid after learning what had happened in her child’s classroom. “My son is just 7-years-old. He shouldn’t be exposed to something like that. It should never have been in the home,” Salley said.
Many of the parents of the first graders exposed to the 11 bags of heroin simply want to know how the drugs got into the Philadelphia elementary school, according to The Blaze. The police report states that after a late evening search of the child’s home, more drugs were found. Charges related to the incident are expected to be filed against both the first grader’s mother and her boyfriend.
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