Substance Abuse

Kindergartner Found Carrying Marijuana at School

A 5-year-old girl is found with two small bags of marijuana during a lunch break at her Kensington school. Investigators are still trying to determine how the pot got into the child’s lunch box, the Action News reports.

Horatio B. Hackett School administrators discovered the drugs while the kid was at lunch, surrounded by her classmates. They contacted the police and the child’s mother, Susan Burkett, who was questioned about how and why the kindergartner went to school with marijuana.

Burkett, 24, is a single mother of four children, ages 3 to 8.

A social worker with the Department of Human Services conducted a visit at Burkett’s house, just a couple of blocks away from the school, to start a case on the family.

“She’s a good mommy. I don’t know where this came from. I really don’t,” Burkett’s mother Peggy Brownsweiger told Action News.

According to the Philadelphia School District, they’ll let the police handle the incident which is still under investigation.

Last year, WSBTV reported the case of a 5-year-old girl from Georgia who was carrying marijuana in her backpack. She told her school bus driver it was put there by her mother. Gwinnett County police said the 10 small baggies of marijuana inside the girl’s backpack were packaged for sale.

In November, a 10-year-old girl was arrested for bringing her father’s medical marijuana to Evans International Elementary School. MStar News reports that the girl was expelled from the school and appeared in court on December 12.

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