8 Year Old Busted Trying to Smoke Pot

An 8 year-old girl attending Pataskala Elementary School was caught attempting to smoke marijuana in an on-campus bathroom.
Nina Fenton
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Kids sure do mature fast these days, as the staff at Pataskala Elementary School found out on November 4th when they discovered an 8 year-old girl attempting to smoke marijuana in one of the bathrooms on campus. The student was in the midst of lighting the marijuana when a school employee interrupted her smoke out session, which ended with hasty attempts to hide the evidence by flushing it down the toilet and tossing some in a nearby trash can.

Thankfully, there was no need to have the child take a marijuana (THC Cannabis) drug test at one of the drug testing locations in Ohio since she wasn’t successful in actually smoking. Pataskala police Chief Bruce Brooks told Ohio’s Network Advocate, “The good thing is she didn’t know how to (smoke the marijuana),” “She lit the (plastic) baggie.”

The student was promptly brought to the office and waited while the Pataskala Police Department and her parents were called. Keeping inline with the school’s zero-tolerance drug policy, the principal suspended the student for 10 days, however, the suspension was reduced to three days after further consideration. It’s unclear at this point if any further disciplinary action will be handed down to the student, according to Southwest Licking Local Schools superintendent, Robert Jennell. He said, “Obviously, though, we take the tone in the district that (school) is not the place for drugs.”

Deputies responding to the call were able to retrieve a small amount of the marijuana from the bathroom’s trashcan and the lighter used by the student, according to the police report. There wasn’t any other drug paraphernalia found anywhere in the bathroom nor with the student.

Where Did the Drugs Come From?

The Pataskala Police Department is working closely with officials from the local child protective services on the case that was opened after the incident. Together, the two departments are trying to determine where exactly the marijuana came from and will assess the child’s home life to ensure her safety.

While police are unsure how the student obtained the drugs, her parents on the other hand claim that another child in the neighborhood, who is also a student at the school, is responsible for the marijuana. The family says that the “she was set up” when the pair were on the bus and the other student gave her the drugs, a lighter and told her what she needed to do.

Regardless of how the student got her hands on the marijuana, she is still only an 8 year-old child who will need help if she is to stay away from drugs and avoid peer pressure from here on out. Luckily, the staff at Pataskala Elementary and officials in the school district are readily lending her their support, according to Jennell. “We certainly want to make sure we reach out to all the organizations we can to give this student all the help possible,” he said.

Hopefully the investigation by the police department and the child protective services will yield some results soon. A situation such as this is certainly “eye-opening” and even more so when you look at the statistics.

Adolescent Marijuana Use

According to a recent student performed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 44% of adolescents and teenagers have smoke marijuana at some point in their young lives. If that’s not eye-opening enough, 13% smoked in the past year and 8% smoked in the last month. Those are pretty hefty statistics and have spurred some schools around the nation to implement a policy requiring students to undergo random urine drug tests to help ensure that each campus is truly a “drug free zone.”

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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