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    Third-grader hands out heroin at school!

    Date: 05.11.10 | by Judge Tom.

    When the third-grade teacher at Turner Elementary School in Pennsylvania saw one of her students fumbling with something in his pockets, she asked him about it.  It turned out that the 8-year-old had brought to school approximately 60 small baggies of heroin. Each was stamped with the words “Trust Me.”

    The boy gave some of them away but all were recovered in a search of the school. None of the students had ingested the drug or were reported sick from coming in contact with it. When asked by the police where he got the drugs, he replied “My mommy’s house.”  The school sent a letter home with the students explaining what happened. The street value of the drugs was estimated at approximately $1,000.

    Turner Elementary School

    The mother of the boy, Chynita Young, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of a minor. She is also facing charges from an unrelated incident in January, 2010 and remains in jail on a $75,000 bond. The investigation continues as to whether the heroin belonged to the mother. She may be facing up to one year in jail, if this is her first drug offense, and a $5,000 fine. Penalties increase if she’s had additional drug convictions.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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