Kindergartener With Crack Pipe Proves Teachers Have Harder Jobs Than Ever

crack pipeThere are lots of reasons why a person might decide to become a kindergarten teacher: A passion for education, the desire to help others, a talent for dealing with kids. But I'm guessing none of those reasons has anything to do with a deep-seated urge to sniff out illegal substances.

Still, that's exactly what a teacher in Sweet Springs, Missouri, ended up doing recently when a kindergarten student brought some very unusual items to Show and Tell ...


Although sadly, for this little boy, I guess a bag of crystal meth and a crack pipe aren't unusual at all. They're just ordinary, everyday household items, perfectly acceptable playthings for any youngster.

Thankfully the boy's teacher got a glimpse of his scary stash and confiscated it before Show and Tell, which would have quickly turned into a very age-inappropriate session of Street Drugs 101. Also probably a good thing is that the teacher's find led to the boy's mother being arrested on drug charges (she's now out on bail).

So here's what I want to know: Is this the kind of thing a teacher should be prepared for these days? It seems like little kids being exposed to the illegal drug trade is practically a commonplace occurrence. This isn't even the first story I've heard about a small child bringing drugs to school. Sure, teachers have always been cast in the role of red flag-responders -- they're with the same kids all day, every day. They're going to notice bruises and empty lunchboxes and erratic behavior. And certainly middle and high school teachers are always on the alert for signs of substance abuse.

But apparently even elementary school and pre-school teachers would do well to take the aforementioned Street Drugs 101 course ...

Do you think it's fair to expect teachers to be prepared to find and deal with illegal substances?


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