By Steve Beck, Ileana Diaz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Pre-K drug discovery has parents and children at a Philadelphia school concerned and police searching for answers.
Investigators say a four-year-old brought eight bags of crack cocaine and $173 to a Philadelphia grade school Tuesday morning and was showing it off to classmates.
The incident happened at the Thomas Mifflin Elementary School in the 3600 block of Conrad Street in the city’s East Falls section.
“I’m shocked that a kid was able to bring drugs to school, but it isn’t really surprising with the drug epidemic in the city,” said mom Jennifer Gallagher.
Others were left speechless.
“I don’t know what to say about that.”
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According to police, a four-year-old boy flashed a roll of cash and a bag of narcotics to fellow classmates. A classmate then alerted a teacher.
“It is something to play with. He showed it to classmates. You know, I commend the classmate for bringing it to the attention of the teacher,” said Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey.
It is hard to believe, but those from the school district say it has happened before.
“Not very often, but unfortunately it has happen in the past. There have been incidents in which children have access to these types of substances,” said Fernando Gallard, the Chief of Communications for the School District of Philadelphia.
Police are still investigating exactly who gave the drugs and cash to the child, but made it clear that the four-year-old is not to blame.
“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 said.
K-9 dogs canvassed the campus and no other drugs were found.
The district is bringing counselors to talk to the Pre-K class about what happened and waiting to hear if anyone is found responsible.
Police are questioning the uncle of the four-year-old boy.
CBS Philly is told the boy was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for a medical evaluation and because he is after all just four-years-old, the school district says he will be allowed to return to school.