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9-year-old Chesterfield elementary school student busted for marijuana

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -  The father of a nine-year-old child charged with bringing marijuana to school said he had no comment when  asked about the charge his son now faces. Neighbors in the Chesterfield community where the child lives said they were using the incident to talk with their children about drugs.

School officials found marijuana in a student's bag at Bensley Elementary School in Chesterfield Monday afternoon, according to Chesterfield Police.

Police would not say how much marijuana the nine-year-old child possessed, nor was a police spokeswoman aware of the reasons why school officials searched the child's bag.

"We take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from disruption. Students who violate student conduct regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution," Chesterfield Schools spokesman Shawn Smith said. "To protect students' rights to privacy, the Congress of the United States has enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This law prohibits school divisions from releasing certain student information, including whether any disciplinary action has been taken, without the express written permission of parents or guardians."

The child was charged with possession of marijuana.

Police could not say from whom the child obtained the drugs.

Bensley Elementary is located along the 6600 block of Strathmore Road, near Defense Supply Center Richmond.


    • Joe

      No, but we’re probably going to hear about a follow up story about the police kicking down the parents door in a no knock raid, shooting someone/something, locking people up and destroying a family over something that’s less harmful than bringing a can of beer to school.

  • Meghan

    I wonder if the parents planted it there after a police raid. Because no one would think to search a child’s book bag

  • EMBuckles

    Um, ‘scuse me, but kids are SUPPOSED to be in school to LEARN, NOT sit around drunk or stoned or smoking tobacco or whacky terbaccy! And even if some kid, ill advisedly, uses marijuana at home, they should NOT be bringing it to school with them and if it was the parent’s fault, they should NOT be putting it in a kid’s book bag.

  • angel2

    If this child was responsible for bringing it to school, I’m glad he/she was caught at an early age. Wish my child would’ve been caught at 13……SO many problems, now. :(

      • angel2

        So, Jules….you watch your kids 24/7? I always checked backpacks, rooms, hiding places for cigarettes. My kid admitted to our counseler that the pot-smoking was done outside of the home. I kept tabs on where my kids were/who they were with. That doesn’t stop a kid from lighting up behind a McDonald’s or behind a skating rink. ALSO….name-calling is for young children.

  • Becky

    How does is it helpful to little babies to have no rules, no restrictions, no discipline, anywhere.
    Seems we are seeing the consequences and results of that daily.

  • Mo Fiscal Conservatism

    It’s funny, you have a ton of people on here defending the kid, saying they shouldn’t punishing him the way our society does. Granted, it didn’t work for them but…. It’s like, Richmond’s underachievers trying to create a new generation of underachievers. Just like them!!!
    lol, It’s like an SNL skit watching the local “Hot Topic” employees getting tough on random websites. There’s nothing funnier than confident, stupid people. ooohh the internet. lol

  • tim

    the child should just claim it was a prank and get the world behind him for being punished too harshly.Maybe wrong race to pull that off?

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