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When I was a kid, show-and-tell was a stage for flaunting favorite stuffed animals, the latest Solid Gold album and the occasional shark’s tooth. The strangest item my own daughters have reported seeing is fossilized dinosaur poop. But some kids see more, er, interesting things brought in from their classmates' homes. The latest: A Connecticut 5-year-old accidentally brought 50 heroin packets to school, and then showed them to his kindergarten classmates. Turns out, the drugs allegedly belonged to the boy's stepdad, Santos Roman, who (not surprisingly) came looking for them.
Roman was arrested on drug and risk of injury to a minor charges when he showed up at the school in search of his smack.
It’s not the first time a kid’s show-off-at-school moment has led to a parent’s bust. Last year another kindergartener in Pittsburgh lugged 18 bags of heroin to school and generously handed them out to his friends. Police said each bag had enough heroin in it to kill a child. In another instance, preschool workers were stunned to find a joint inside an 18-month-old’s lunch box, apparently dropped there while dad was fixing the kid’s midday meal. (In the dad’s defense, he was probably stoned at the time.)
Sadly, if you Google "kid brings gun/drugs to school" you get millions of results. Seventeen million in the gun case, including stories of -- again -- kindergarteners bringing loaded weapons that then discharge and injure other classmates.
When I was a kid, my biggest elementary school worries were that I’d be picked last for flag football (again) and that my mom had sent me to school with an apple instead of a Little Debbie as a snack. Now I have to prepare my own kids for the possible day that little Lucy or Luke tries to bust a cap or break out a bag of daddy’s home-grown. Home-schooling, anyone?