Two 9-year-old Florida boys were arrested at their elementary school on felony drug charges after bringing 15 small bags of marijuana to class, police said today.
A cafeteria worker at Rivers Edge Elementary School alerted police after one of the two third-graders showed her one of the plastic bags.
Police said the boy had 12 bags of marijuana and admitted that he had tried to sell some to another pupil. He was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
He first told police that he found the bags on the ground, then said another child gave them to him to sell, police said. The second boy had three bags of marijuana and told police he got them from the first boy during the bus ride to school, police said. He was charged with felony marijuana possession.
Together the bags contained a little over a half-ounce of marijuana worth about $75, but the boys were charged with felonies because the alleged offenses took place on school property, the Palm Beach Post said.
"I never, ever, ever thought that I would have to deal with this on an elementary campus. In the olden days, you sent the students to the principal's office if they were chewing gum," school Principal Sandy Marshall told the newspaper. "This is a whole new era."
The boys were booked into a regional detention center and released Monday. They were suspended for 10 days from the school in Port St. Lucie, on south Florida's Atlantic coast, and could face expulsion.