Should 3rd graders caught smoking pot at school be expelled?
Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old are facing possible expulsion from Sonora Elementary School in California for the shenanigans they pulled in the schoolâs bathroom last week. It seems that the third-graders were caught smoking pot.
Third-graders. Smoking. Pot. Iâm not even really sure where to go with that information. How did they get it? Where was the teacher? How did they even know how to smoke it? Donât they know theyâre not supposed to play with lighters?
The kids were caught by a fellow classmate, who alerted school administrators (this is one time tattling is OK, kids). The police were contacted because, hi, California is a pretty progressive state, but recreational marijuana still isnât legal here, even for the grownups. The cops questioned the kids (oh to be a fly on the wall during that interrogation), and they were later released to their parents.
More from The Stir: Kindergarteners Caught 'Having Sex' in Bathroom -- Where Was the Teacher?!
Principal Chris Boyles refused to comment on the incident. Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that âthe students were caught smoking marijuana in the schoolâs bathroom,â but declined to discuss what discipline measures will be taken.
At least one parent at the school thinks they shouldnât be allowed back. Linda Rodriguez told a local news station, â(Iâm) shocked. To be in third grade and have their own pipe ... I think they should be expelled, but I also think they should follow it further to where they found (the drugs).â
Isnât that the real question? In theory, third-graders should know âhugs not drugs,â but without an example to follow, how would they even know how to smoke pot? Yes, they are responsible for behaving very badly, but they got that dope from somewhere. Whoever was the original possessor of the pot bears some responsibility too.
Did you think these children should be expelled?