Fourth-graders disciplined after selling drugs at school

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GREELEY, Colo. (CNN) – A group of elementary school kids are being disciplined after being caught selling and trading drugs.

Legalized marijuana has found its way into playground commerce, leading to a group of Greeley, Colorado, fourth-graders being disciplined for selling and trading pot.

The incident began when a boy sold a bag of marijuana to three classmates for $11 Monday.

School spokeswoman Teressa Myers said, the 10-year-old had taken the pot from his grandparents.

One of the three children purchasing the pot, also 10-years-old, could not pay his portion, so they struck a deal.

Myers said the next day, that child returned with a marijuana-laced candy bar he had also taken from a grandparent to trade for the pot.

Marijuana has been legal for recreational use since January 1, so the grandparents involved have not broken the law.

However, John Gates, the school district’s safety director doesn’t feel they’re without blame.

“They’re guilty of some personal responsibility for not securing their weed.” Gates said. “If the marijuana hadn’t been accessible, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Monfort Elementary School sent home a letter with all students that emphasized the new responsibilities that Colorado parents face with the legalization of marijuana.

“We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms,” the letter said. “This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

According to CNN, the children involved will be disciplined but not expelled.


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