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Four-Year-Old Brings Crack Cocaine to School

Written by Eliza Player on Saturday, 19 May 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Cocaine, Heroin

Crack Cocaine Addiction

Around lunchtime on Wednesday at Reconciliation Academy in Dallas, Texas, a teacher noticed a 4-year-old student with something unusual. According to, Principal Michael Partain said, "The teacher noticed the child putting something in his pocket and said, 'Show me what is in your pocket.'"

The child had crack cocaine in his pocket. Partain said, "The student has a wrapped plastic package with a rubber band around it." Dallas police were called, as well as Child Protective Services. The little boy told police the drugs belonged to his father. According to the court documents, the child said, "He left it on the table in the living room," and the child claimed he put the bag in his pocket and brought it to school.

Administrators do not believe any of the children ingested the cocaine. Police were sent to the child's home, where they observed the boy's father putting a black plastic bag in the car. When he was pulled over, they found a box with more crack and heroin in that black plastic bag. Both the child's parents were arrested for child endangerment, as the mother knew about the drugs and allowed it. The father was also charged with the manufacture and delivery of both cocaine and heroin. The boy and his 5-year-old sibling have been placed with Child Protective Services.

Note from Eliza…I can picture this child, just taking that bag out and looking at it, touching it, coveting it, almost. So often when parents are involved with drugs, the children see the drugs take precedence over them. They realize it is not something they should have, but also something very precious to their parents. For some reason, this mental image is breaking my heart today.

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About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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