Connecticut preschooler brings pot to class for snack time

A 4-year-old Connecticut boy brought nine bags of marijuana to his school and offered up the drugs to his classmates during snack time. Police in Meriden, Connecticut were called to Hanover Elementary School after a young special needs student pulled nine bags of marijuana out of his jacket pocket. According to school authorities, a teacher was nearby and immediately confiscated the drugs and notified the administration. School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni and Principal Miguel Cardona expressed concern for the child and said no other student was involved in the incident.

Our concern is for the 4-year-old student who had no knowledge of what he was bringing to school. The student is safe and we will continue to ensure a safe learning environment to all of our students. it was clear the child was not at fault and this is clearly an adult issue.

Police say the boy’s mother was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and risk of injury to a child. She was released on a $25,000 bond and has a Feb. 10 court date. It has not yet been revealed publicly exactly how the boy came to possess the drug. Detective Lt. Mark Walerysiak said that the case remains under investigation.

You don’t want to rush and put a case that may have holes in it through the courts. Sometimes it’s smarter to step back and do a little more digging before making an arrest. That’s true of any case, not just this one. The Department of Children and Families was called in to also conduct an investigation.

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