Fifth grader allegedly brought weed to school to stop dad from lighting up

Posted at 7:27 PM, Feb 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-26 20:58:32-05

SUFFOLK, Va. (WTVR) -- An elementary school student in Suffolk could be in serious trouble after allegedly bringing marijuana to school.

The boy said he brought in the marijuana to save his father's life, according to WTKR.

Suffolk police said the Driver Elementary student brought in the marijuana – with his mother by his side – and showed it to his teacher.

Police said the boy told them that he grabbed the marijuana from his father's truck and brought it to school to force his dad to stop smoking pot.

Policy states the child now may be expelled for bringing the substance to school, regardless of why he brought in the drug.

"Policy is policy, but I do think they need to check into the situation more," Jonathan Lewis, a former teacher and parent, said. "Today is a different day in age. I can't imagine that happening. It obviously seems young, but I mean, but they're so exposed to everything nowadays. I mean who knows what the child's home life is like and what kind of exposure they're getting besides drugs."

A school spokesperson said an expulsion hearing would be scheduled where extenuating circumstances would be considered.