Kindergarten student brings 30 packs of heroin to school

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Police are investigating after they say a kindergarten student in New Jersey's capital city brought 30 packs of heroin to school. (WPVI)

Police are investigating after they say a kindergarten student in New Jersey's capital city brought 30 packs of heroin to school.

Police were called to the International Academy of Trenton on Monday.

Trenton police say a teacher told her 5-year-old student to stop playing with what she thought was a candy wrapper.

The boy did, but soon he started playing with it again.

When the teacher went to take it away the second time, police say she realized it was heroin.

Kevin Davis has two grandchildren in the school. He was heartbroken to hear about this.

"It's a shame, plain and simple," Davis said.

But it wasn't just one bag of heroin.

Upon further inspection, detectives were called in and found 29 additional packets of heroin in the boy's lunchbox.

"Thank God he wasn't giving it to other students. My daughter got grilled last night. I said, 'Don't take anything!'" one parent told Action News.

The boy was taken to a hospital, where he tested negative for opiates.

Action News tried speaking with the school Wednesday, but were kept out.

Though officials did release a statement:

"IAT is following the procedures as specified by the law and is working closely with local authorities to handle this matter."



Parents we spoke with aren't putting the blame on the school for this incident, rather on the parents or guardian of the child.

"That child had it before he got to school," Davis said.

Davis says the fact agencies are getting involved now could serve as a blessing.

"Imagine if the child hadn't brought it to school, it would still have been in the child's home," Davis said.

Police are trying to determine where the child got the drugs and no one has been charged.

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The AP contributed to this report.
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