Children eat marijuana at Green Bay elementary school
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay Police are investigating whether to file charges against the parents of a second grader who is accused of bringing marijuana to Eisenhower Elementary School.
Police say on Tuesday, the student admitted to eating the marijuana on the playground with a classmate.
“It was shocking,” said Bryan Stache, whose girlfriend’s daughter is also in second grade at Eisenhower.
Police say Eisenhower staff found out something was up when a large group of students were gathered together.
“One of the school members went up to see what was going on and discovered that the kids had an empty baggie that smelled like marijuana,” said Lt. Jeff Brester of the Green Bay Police Department.
Police say that is when the students admitted to staff that they ate the marijuana. Brester says their parents came and picked them up and brought them to family doctors, where each child checked out fine.
“Nobody saw them ingest it,” said Brester. “It's just a claim made by the kids that they ate it.”
Police say the children are too young to pin a crime on. However, they say depending on what they find in their investigation, charges could be filed against the parents of the child who brought the marijuana to school.
“Child neglect is the most common charge for something like this, but again, depending on how everything happened and what is or isn't in the house, there may be some more charges, but more than likely it would be some kind of child neglect charge,” said Brester.
Two days after the incident, Eisenhower Principal Anne Zernicke sent a memo to parents.
“We believe this to be an isolated incident and we are working with the Green Bay Police Department,” Zernicke wrote in the memo. “Due to the incident being under investigation, we were unable to communicate to all families sooner.”
“Wondering where these kids are getting it from, if their parents have it why would it even be accessible to them at that age or any age period,” said Stache.
Police say they hope to find those answers through a joint investigation with child protective services.