2nd graders exposed to heroin at school

February 3, 2009 2:27:35 PM PST
Five elementary school children have been taken to Children's Hospital after, officials say, one child brought heroin to school.Medics were called out to McDaniel Elementary School at 1800 South 22nd Street around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The second graders were taken to Children's Hospital of Philadlephia to be examined after coming in contact with heroin packets inside their South Philadelphia school.

It's believed only one child opened packet and tasted it.

"A gym teacher in the 2nd grade noticed some 2nd graders passing around some objects. He investigated, and found what he believe to be packets of narcotics," said Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Wydeeya Griffin and her mother spent much of the day at Children's Hospital. Griffiin's son was the boy who tasted the heroin, thinking it was candy.

"Another boy brought drugs into the school and my son tasted it. He told me he didn't know what it was," Griffin said. "He said he spit it back out and said it was nasty."

"He's okay now, but he says when it first happened he felt a little dizzy."

Police are investigating to see where the one boy got the heroin. It is presumed he got it from home. An arrest, police say, is imminent.

McDaniel students were sent home with a letter, informing parents about the heroin incident.

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