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Weed-Carrying First-Grader Back in School

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The 6-year-old Richmond pupil who showed a bag of marijuana to his gym teacher was back in school on Monday. The Richmond School Board's disciplinary committee overturned his recommended expulsion after a hearing last week. 

The first-grader at G.H. Reid Elementary was on the playground with his classmates in November when he approached a physical education teacher on duty and pulled a plastic bag containing marijuana out of his pocket, according to the child's mother. “Look at this,” he said. “This is weed. My mother gave it to me.”

Style Weekly isn't revealing the identity of the pupil because of his age, but confirmed details of the incident with his mother.

The P.E. instructor and another teacher questioned the child and escorted him to the school's front office, where he was questioned by a school security officer.

He was originally suspended for 10 days pending a hearing before a school district disciplinary officer, who recommended expulsion on Nov. 30. The officer followed the school system's standards of conduct.

The mother says her son happily returned to school after being barred from attending classes for more than month.

“I can't change the board's procedures, so it is what it is,” she says.

After the incident, officials informed the mother that given the nature of the incident, Child Protective Services had been notified, but the mother says she hasn't received any notice about a pending investigation.

The mother maintains that her son obtained the marijuana during a visit with extended family. “He won't be around them without supervision again,” she says.

Otherwise, the pupil's mother says she's content with the outcome. Having moved since the incident, her son will attend Swansboro Elementary School.

As for her own academic ambitions, she says they've been put on hold until next year. Prior to the incident she was studying to become a nurse's assistant.

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