Fifth-grader brings suspected synthetic marijuana to school
May 16, 2012 at 12:16 a.m.
A fifth-grade student at Shields Elementary brought to school what administrators and police think could be marijuana.
Principal Armando Villarreal found the product, labeled "Blueberry Kush," which resembles marijuana or synthetic marijuana, in the student's backpack. Other students had reported it to teachers after seeing the student with the substance.
"The student was showing the product around to other students and reportedly gave very small amounts to several friends," according to a letter Villarreal sent to parents Wednesday.
After interviewing students, Villarreal contacted the parents of those found to have received the product, said Diane Boyett, communications director for the Victoria school district.
No students were found to have used or ingested the substance.
The school is disciplining the child for bringing the product to school, Boyett said, and is working with the Victoria Police Department.
The department seized the product and is investigating how the student obtained it. Police will have the substance tested to determine whether it is illegal, said Sgt. Eline Moya, public information officer with VPD.
She declined to comment about possible legal consequences for the child, saying it depends on what the investigation uncovers.
Even if the substance is not found to be illegal, Villarreal wrote in the letter, it is clearly inappropriate for children to have it or for it to be in schools. He also praised the students who reported the student's behavior.
"I urge you to communicate with your child that no matter what the child sees on TV, or even in the community, that their 'feel good' emotions should come from within themselves and not from products that they introduce into their bodies," Villarreal wrote in the letter to parents. "We will continue to provide that same message in our schools and continue to seek the assistance of all students in making certain that our schools are havens dedicated to educating and nurturing our most precious gift."