8-year-old hands out bags of heroin at school

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Police in Wilkinsburg said an 8-year-old boy took more than 60 small bags of heroin to school and was passing some of them out to other third-graders before a teacher caught him.

At a press conference today, police and school officials said a teacher at Turner Elementary School notice the boy fumbling around in his pockets during class Tuesday and asked him about it. He pulled out the drugs.

Another student had one of the bags, and four other students said they had also come in contact with the bags.

Police seized 60 bags and found 18 more empty packages in a classroom trash can.

Investigating Officer Mike Adams said he believes those bags, marked "trust me," somehow came open and the powder spilled out.

There have been no reports of the students ingesting the drug, but school officials sent a letter home to parents Tuesday informing them of the incident.

The boy's parents were contacted but no arrests have been made.

School Superintendent Archie Perrin said officials discovered the family was not living in Wilkinsburg.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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