8-Year-Old Brings Marijuana to School

ECSO press release: A third grade student brought marijuana to school on Tuesday, launching an investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The 8-year-old girl, who attends Lincoln Park Elementary School, took the marijuana from her jacket pocket and told her teacher, “This is some of my mom’s weed. It’s what my mother puts in blunts.”

According to deputies, the teacher, who says she was given the marijuana between the hour of 1 and 2 p.m., waited for the student to board a bus and leave school before she informed the principal about the incident. The sheriff’s office was informed at 2:20 p.m.

A deputy tried to locate the student’s mother by going to an address the school has on file for the student. While at that address the deputy was told by the student’s grandmother that her granddaughter didn’t live there, and she didn’t know where she currently resided.

“A good many societal problems are a direct result of irresponsible parenting,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Chris Welborn. “Children are being raised in an atmosphere that drugs and violence are normal,” he said. “It’s sad that this child had access to the stuff and was actually able to bring it to school.”

The student isn’t facing any charges, but the incident is currently under investigation by both the Sheriff’s Office and the State Department of Children and Family Services.

Editor’s note: Law enforcement officer and DCF were notified until child had left school.