Philadelphia Daily News, PA
Cupcakes apparently would not have been sweet enough.
Rather than bring in baked goodies yesterday to celebrate his birthday, a Southwest Philadelphia pre-kindergarten pupil brought in a bag of marijuana, police said.
The 5-year-old stunned his teacher at Harrity Elementary School on Christian Street near 56th when he displayed a sandwich bag stuffed with marijuana.
"Thankfully, that teacher acted quickly, confiscated the controlled substance and isolated the kids from it," said Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the school district.
The student's mother, identified by sources as Sarina Gillis, arrived at school about 1:30 p.m., ready to celebrate her son's big day.
Gillis apparently was unaware that her son had brought drugs to school. And, when searched by police, a marijuana cigarette was found in her possession, police said.
Cops planned to charge Gillis with possessing narcotics and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
Meanwhile, her son was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for evaluation.
Certainly this was irresponsible behavior on the part of the parent but, still, the level of hysteria is amazing. "Thankfully, that teacher acted quickly, confiscated the controlled substance and isolated the kids from it". How could a bag of pot possibly harm 5-year-olds? They don't know how to smoke it. It's not orally active unless cooked. It's non-toxic. Almost any object in the classroom (pencils, paper, clothing) is potentially more harmful than a bag of weed. So why act like it's plutonium?