2 elementary school students expelled for having marijuana at school

2 elementary school students expelled for having marijuana at school

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An 8-year-old and 9-year-old have been expelled from Westside Elementary School for possession of marijuana.

Memphis Police Department said the marijuana was found Friday, March 11.

The school's principal identified two students as having been in possession of the marijuana.

"It doesn't surprise me because of the environment they're around," Eric Toler said.

Officers investigated and determined a 9-year-old found the marijuana outside the school and sold it to an 8-year-old for $5. The 8-year-old then gave the marijuana back to the 9-year-old, who then threw the marijuana between two buildings.

The marijuana found between those buildings measured 0.7 tgw, according to police.

"Not saying all parents, but most parents--they don't have their priorities right to even teach a kid what's right and wrong, because they're still doing wrong to this day," Toler said.

The two students have been issued juvenile summons for the possession of drugs and expelled from school.

"When you don't sit down and talk to your kids and try to discipline them enough, and let them do what they want to do -- that's when you find out what they're doing," Tyrone Watson said.

Shelby County Schools released the following statement:

Two students at Westside Elementary were disciplined according to the law and SCS Board Policy after being found in possession of an illegal substance at school.  The incident was reported to Memphis Police immediately after another student alerted staff of the situation.

However, parent Rusty Taylor has a question for the school.

"Who dropped it? You know, where did it come from if they found it? That's a question that needs to be answered too," Taylor said. "You try to make a living off of crime, by the time you're 28, you'll be lost."

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