Police want to know where a 6-year-old student got the 11 bags of heroin that she brought to the Commodore John Barry Elementary school in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Parents were reportedly in shock after learning that their children had been exposed to the deadly and addictive drug.
According to KYW-TV, a teacher spotted students playing with the bags in the classroom and some of them had been opened -- at least one bag was said to have been chewed open by a child. Police and emergency medical response teams were called to the school.
All of the students were examined at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and released without any reports of problems relating to the drug interaction.
Image: CBS Philly screen capture
Philadelphia police Lt. John Walker told the press, “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.”
The mother of the child who brought the drugs into the classroom was interviewed by detectives, but declined to comment on the incident.
A photo of the child's mother. (Image source: KYW-TV screen shot)
Many parents wanted to know just how the drugs got into the school. A Philadelphia school district spokesperson said that first-graders are not searched when they arrive at school, also stressing that all of the appropriate protocols had been followed.
A late report Tuesday from KYW-TV says that a search of the mother's home found more drugs. Police expect to file charges against the mother of the child and her boyfriend.
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