Mother arrested after boy gives more than a dozen Cleveland elementary school students THC-laced candy

Mother arrested after boy gives more than a dozen Cleveland elementary school students THC-laced candy
Shari Gould

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The mother of the boy who brought in gummy bears that were believed to be laced with marijuana has been arrested.

Police and paramedics first responded to Anton Grdina School Monday afternoon to check on more than a dozen elementary school students that were given gummy worms and gummy bears suspected of containing marijuana, according to a Cleveland police report.

A school staff member was cleaning up in the classroom when she first discovered a ziplock bag that said it contained THC candies.

Investigators learned that a 9-year-old student brought the gummy candies to the school and gave them to at least 12 other students that ranged in age from 5 to 9 years old.

According to police, Shari Gould, the boy’s mother, had several people over to her Garden Valley Avenue apartment Sunday night. Gould’s guests were smoking and drinking, the boy told police.

The boy said his aunt gave him and two other children gummy bears the night before because she “was not in her right mind,” according to a statement provided to school staff members.

He was then urged by another child at his home to go to the kitchen to tell his mother that he loved her, so he could take more gummies. Police say the boy took the gummies from the kitchen without his mother knowing and put the candy in his bag for school the next morning.

All of the students who were questioned by police complained only of upset stomachs. They were all checked out at University Hospitals. Only one of the children, the boy who brought the candies into school, tested positive for THC.

Gould was arrested for endangering children after being questioned by police.

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