Mother charged after girl, 6, found with 11 bags of heroin

First grader in Philadelphia brings bags of heroin to school

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A Philadelphia first grader's entire class was examined at the hospital after she was found in possession of 11 bags of heroin. (Source: WTXF/FOX) A Philadelphia first grader's entire class was examined at the hospital after she was found in possession of 11 bags of heroin. (Source: WTXF/FOX)

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/FOX) - An entire class of first graders has been medically cleared by doctors after their 6-year old classmate brought 11 bundles of heroin to school.

Narcotics detectives served a search warrant on the west Philadelphia home of the 6-year old girl. Police said she brought the drugs into class at Barry Elementary. It was discovered the girl had one of the packs inside her mouth.

Charges are currently pending against the first grader's mother.

"To know that a 7-year-old can bring heroin into a school is just crazy," said parent Kristina Perry.

The entire first-grade class was escorted on to a school bus and taken to Children's Hospital for possible heroin exposure.

The girl's mother and father were brought in for police questioning, and authorities are investigating how she got the heroin.

"We do not frisk students, first graders when they are coming to school," said School District of Philadelphia spokesman Fernando Gallardo. "So the student probably had it somewhere concealed but didn't know what it was."

Just as students were getting ready for summer vacation, Perry said she will have to teach an unexpected lesson at home.

"She has no idea what drugs are," Perry said. "She thought they were passing around a toy. So I think, unfortunately, I have to teach her about drugs at 7 years old."

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