Drug scare at West Philly school

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER About 20 students from Barry Elementary in West Philly are taken to CHOP yesterday for medical evaluation after their first-grade teacher found a 7-year-old girl playing with packets of heroin.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER About 20 students from Barry Elementary in West Philly are taken to CHOP yesterday for medical evaluation after their first-grade teacher found a 7-year-old girl playing with packets of heroin.
Posted: June 12, 2014

STUDENTS AND staff at a West Philadelphia school got a brief scare yesterday when officials confiscated 11 packets of heroin from a first-grade pupil.

The incident was reported at Barry Elementary, on Race Street near 59th, around noon. Police said a teacher saw the girl, 7, playing with packets containing an unknown substance. The teacher confiscated the packets and alerted school officials, who called 9-1-1.

Twenty pupils in the class were taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, evaluated and released to their parents, police said. No injuries were reported.

Authorities said tests confirmed the substance is heroin. It is unknown how or where the girl obtained the drugs.

Last night, investigators served a search warrant on the home where the girl lives with her mother and her mother's boyfriend to look for more narcotics, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

The girl was placed in the care of the Department of Human Services while the two adults were being questioned by police, Walker said.

No charges were filed as of last night, pending the results of the house probe.

"[The] teacher did everything absolutely the right way and the school did too," said district spokesman Fernando Gallard. "They worked quickly, they followed protocol, they isolated the packets, they called 9-1-1, the nurse was there to provide support."

- Staff writer Vinny Vella contributed to this report.


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