Three third-graders were reportedly caught smoking pot in a bathroom on February 27 at the Sonora Elementary School in Tuolumne County, Calif.
The pint-sized trio was busted by another student who tattled to a school administrator.
Sonora police were summoned to the scene and according to Police Chief Mark Stinson, the two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old are too young to face any criminal charges, though under California law, no one under 12 is usually charged with a crime, but the students could be subject to juvenile justice proceedings. Investigators are, however, looking into who could have supplied the young children with the drug.
Reportedly, a pipe and a small amount of marijuana was confiscated from the boys and according to police, the children appeared to have had little smoking experience and did not appear to be under the influence of the narcotic when questioned by officers.
Stinson, who spoke to News 10 on Wednesday, told them that the kids were the youngest pot smokers he’s ever encountered in his 33-plus years law enforcement career. He also mentioned that the children’s parents could be held responsible and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, if any of the case’s clues point in their direction.
The children in question were interrogated by school officials, then released to the custody of their parents.
The case will remain under investigation and no news has been released as to how the children were disciplined by school officials.