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US boy, 5, takes heroin to school

2012-04-11 10:07

Bridgeport - A 5-year-old boy found dozens of bags of heroin inside a jacket he had taken to school and showed them to his kindergarten classmates, a school superintendent said on Tuesday.

Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas said he believes the boy took his stepfather's jacket to school on Monday without knowing the drugs were inside it.

"Children bring to school what they find at home," he said.

Police have told the Connecticut Post the boy took 50 packets of heroin out when it came time for a show-and-tell presentation, but Vallas said the boy only waved the heroin around at his cubicle. Police did not respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

The boy's stepfather, 35-year-old Santos Roman, went to the school and recovered the jacket, but police had already seized the drugs, officials said. He was arrested when he returned to the school after apparently discovering the heroin was missing, Vallas said.

Roman was arrested on risk of injury to a minor and drug charges. He appeared on Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court and was ordered held on $100 000 bail.

He wasn't available to comment from jail, and there was no phone number listed for his home address.

The Department of Children and Families placed the boy in the custody of his grandmother, even though his mother went to the school to take him home, Vallas said.

Vallas praised the reactions of the teacher who initially noticed the drugs, worth about $500 on the street, and of others involved in the response.

Comments
  • Bigsexy.jm - 2012-04-11 10:17

    I don't blame the boy one little bit. The adult on the other hand deserves a hell of a beating!

  • David - 2012-04-11 11:01

    Dang! Kindergarten no longer an innocent place! What next? % yera olds will bring guns and condoms to school? Where are the parents?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-11 11:14

    Its sad that children are being raised by idiots like this!!

      Dallas - 2012-04-11 11:34

      There is no idiots friend, just imagine it was your boyfriend and that was the other means of making cash and paying for the boy`s fees at school, would you still say its idiotic???????@E-MC2

  • Jeffrey - 2012-04-11 11:36

    Locked up pending $100,000 bail for leaving $500 of drugs lying around where a kid can get his hands on it. In SA you don't owe R100,000 bail for premeditated murder, and someone leaving drugs lying around (like this instance) would be out with just a slap on the wrist. Lock this guy up, take away the kid (you can't tell me his mother didn't know), and well done to the school staff.

      mmuxo.mosiamedi - 2012-04-11 11:56

      Go to american.fool!

      Bongani - 2012-04-11 12:53

      they do not say how much was taken by the teachers. Do you mean to tell me they will just let drugs go for free. All of these people who are calling this guy an idiot for selling drugs are just idiots, you buy drugs from SAB every day and no one is calling you an idiot. Are you jealous because his make you high longer than your alcohol? drugs are drugs, it is your choice to clasify them. Some of you are high as you comment here.

      npretorius2 - 2012-04-11 14:00

      Bongani, you do make a valid point. But the fact is that alcohol is not a prohibited substance, which mean it is not against the law for me to enjoy in a responsible way. Alcohol can be very dangerous, but cannot be compared to drugs like heroin.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-11 12:03

    That poor child, if the mother knew her husband was involved with drugs why didn't she leave him for the sake of her son?

  • Rory - 2012-04-11 12:44

    10$ a packet? Wow, drugs be cheap there?

  • Angela - 2012-04-11 12:57

    50 packets....and then this article says it had a street value of $500??

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-11 14:14

    'Damn hombre! Leaving smack lying around for los niƱos to find like that. It's messed up man! Comprende?' =P

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