This was one show-and-tell that went South in a hurry. A first-grader at Philadelphia’s Barry Elementary School brought eleven bags of heroin to school, causing her class to make an unexpected field trip to the hospital.
The 6-year-old girl brought the heroin to class on Tuesday morning. When she showed classmates the bags, teachers dealt with the situation quickly and professionally, taking the bags from the child and getting the class of 20 to the hospital.
“We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten,” Lt. John Walker told reporters. “Their teacher did a remarkable job. They saw the child with these items. The teacher recognized right away, took control and notified another teacher.”
Police say that the girl who brought the bags complained of dizziness and felt sick but they don’t believe that anyone else was in contact with the heroin. Taking the class to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was a necessary precaution. All of the students were evaluated and released to their parents.
As for the girl’s parent’s, the police served a search warrant at the home and took Marie Hunter and her boyfriend Christopher Troy-Jenkins White into custody. They were charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and various narcotic offenses. The first-grader and her three siblings were placed with DSHS foster homes.
A relative of the girl told Philadelphia TV station, NBC10, that the heroin did not come from the house. But she had no idea where the child may have found the drug. Found it? Between home and school where could she have found 11 bags of heroin? I suppose it’s possible — I don’t know the neighborhood (Cobb’s Creek) — but the odds are that they came from home. Occam’s razor and all that.
It is nice to know that the teachers and school administrators handled the incident without becoming hysterical. Some might think that carting 20 children off to the hospital is somewhat excessive but, if it were my child in that class, I’d be happy for that excess. Heroin and first-graders could have led to tragedy. Thank goodness this school staff was on the ball.