A Virginia fifth grader faces expulsion today after bringing a bag of marijuana to school to, reportedly, keep his father from getting stoned. Suffolk city police responded to Driver Elementary on Tuesday after a fifth grader apparently showed his teacher the sack of marijuana and asked for help.
The student claimed he had found the "drugs" in his father's truck and taken them to school to keep his father from using them. Compelled by school policy, the child's teacher reported the incident to the principal who reported it to authorities.
According to the HuffingtonPost, "under Suffolk Public Schools' student code of conduct and school board policy, students are restricted from having marijuana in their possession on school grounds, regardless of the reason."
While this situation has been painted to like the result of one child's hopeful naivete brushing up against an unflinching bureaucracy, at this point it seems as though the unnamed child is looking at expulsion for the infraction, regardless of his motives. It must also be noted that, in an email to Suffolk's redundantly-titled local paper, the News-Herald, a city spokeswoman seems to claim that the child's alibi ("I took from my Dad so he'd quit getting lit") was only uncovered when the child was in the presence of his mother.
Since details are so vague at this point, we might simply be looking at a case of one child's rather brilliant lie as opposed to the struggle of a pre-pubescent altruist.
In related news, there's no word as to the strain, quality or amount of marijuana claimed, so, at this point the father's financial loss is incalculable.