Kids bring all kinds of things to school to show their friends and classmates, but one 4-year old pre-kindergarten student attending the Thomas Mifflin School in the East Falls section of Philadelphia brought something that had teachers and the police department dumbfounded.
On Oct. 9, the youngster brought 8 "dime" bags of crack cocaine and $173 in cash to school to show his friends. Luckily, after showing a friend the cash he was carrying, the friend became concerned and told a teacher.
Further questioning of the child led to the discovery of a piece of what appeared to be rock cocaine in one of his pockets. The boy then reportedly handed over eight small bags of "an off-white chunky substance" that was later analyzed and discovered to be crack cocaine.
The classroom was evacuated and the police department notified. Drug-sniffing dogs were brought in to sweep the classroom and the school for any drugs, and none were found. Fearful that the boy may have accidentally ingested some of the drug, he was taken to a local hospital and kept for observation.
School district spokesman Fernando Gallard told news reporters that the drugs "came from the outside," and were not found by the child on school property.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey said that while police have dealt with cases before where kids bring drugs to school, this was unusual since the child was so young. "It's not common, but it does happen," Dorsey said. "I have never heard of a pre-K child carrying drugs to school."
Police are still investigating the case, and the youngster did not get into any trouble. "The child is a victim of a situation, wherever that situation is occurring either in the home or somewhere else. We are providing that child with the support that we can." Gallard told local news reporters.