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Fourth grader busted with cocaine at DC elementary school, charged with possession

Strong John Thompson School WUSA

Fourth grader busted with cocaine at DC elementary school, charged with possession
Strong John Thompson School
WUSA
(CBS/WUSA) WASHINGTON, DC - A fourth grader at Washington, DC's Strong John Thomson Elementary School didn't share his lunch with classmates Thursday, but he did share his cocaine - and  has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to school officials.

DC School Assistant Press Secretary Fred Lewis says four students received the cocaine and ingested the drug by eating it. School officials say they are unsure as to how much cocaine each student ingested, according to CBS affiliate WUSA.

The school nurse evaluated all four students, who were transported to a hospital "as a precaution." Lewis says a fifth student, who did not ingest the drug, was also transported to the hospital as a precaution.

All children are reportedly doing well, according to the station.

A teacher spoke with the student who brought the cocaine and alerted the main office, Lewis told WUSA.

School officials notified parents of the students involved and met a group of parents after school to address concerns, WUSA reported. A letter was also sent home.

School is not in session Friday because it is a teachers' day, but counselors will be at the school on Monday to talk about the incident with students and teachers.

According to Lewis, the counselors will talk about the dangers of drugs and offer advice on drug prevention.

Police are continuing their investigation as the Office of Attorney General determines how to proceed with charges due to the student's age.

  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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