Fifth-grader found with cocaine at Brooklyn elementary school
BROOKLYN, Md. (WBFF) - An Anne Arundel County fifth-grade student was found with a bag of cocaine Wednesday, reported the principal.
Tamara Kelly, principal of Belle Grove Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, reported the incident in a letter to parents.
"During our fifth-grade lunch and recess today, one of our students showed several other students a plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance. One of the students who saw the bag informed a teacher, who in turn alerted me," wrote Kelly on Oct. 4.
"Realizing that the bag could contain something illegal, I immediately contacted police and confiscated the bag. Police took possession of the bag as we investigated the matter. Police informed us late this afternoon that the substance in the bag was cocaine," she said.
The student who had the bag was subject to "appropriate disciplinary action," she said.
Officials are continuing to investigate how it got into the student's possession.
"Students who saw or touched the bag were interviewed and sent to the health room as a precaution," she said.
She also urged parents and guardians to talk to children about the incident and about illegal drugs.