Two third-graders at Berrendo Elementary School were busted by their principal for smoking marijuana in the bathroom after school hours, Monday, Jan. 10, according to police reports.
When the sheriff who responded to the scene asked one of the boys how many times he had smoked pot, the boy replied he has â€œhit it hard a lot.â€
Lieutenant Britt Snyder, of the Chaves County Sheriffâ€™s Office, said deputies have responded to calls about drugs in elementary schools before, but this is â€œthe first time Iâ€™ve ever heard of third-graders doing it.â€
According to police reports, the principal, Kathleen Gallaway, said she doesnâ€™t want to press charges, but will be punishing the children â€œadministratively through the school.â€
The sheriffâ€™s office contacted The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department Statewide Central Intake about the incident and determined the case to be closed.