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Cops Applaud 'Courage' of Kid Who Brought Meth to School

Young boy essentially turned in parents
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2019 8:47 AM CDT
A kid normally wouldn't receive kudos for bringing drugs to school, but this was a special circumstance.   (Getty Images/Sanny11)

(Newser) – Police in Washington state are praising a young boy for bringing drugs to school—because he did so to get help regarding his parents. The New York Daily News cites a Facebook post from the Kennewick PD that relays what happened Wednesday when the "elementary school-aged child" showed up for class with a baggie of what looked to be meth; the boy handed it over to a staff member and said he'd found it at home and was scared to go back there, police say. After a school resource officer talked more with the boy, a search warrant was issued, and cops descended on the boy's home, where they say they unearthed drug paraphernalia and "mexis," slang for fentanyl pills.

Jennifer Edwards, said to be the boy's 29-year-old mother, and Daniel O'Leary, also 29 and said by the Tri-City Herald to be the boy's stepfather, were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance. "We would like to acknowledge the courage that it took for this child to bring this information to a trusted adult" in the school, the police department says in its online post. "Hopefully, this will be the impetus to his parents getting the help they need." The boy and his younger sister have been placed in protective custody with CPS. Meanwhile, O'Leary and Edwards are being held in the Benton County Jail without bail, per KEPR. (Read more methamphetamine stories.)

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