School authorities say a Bibb County second grader brought drugs to class Thursday.
It happened at the Heritage Elementary School on Thomaston Road, according to a letter sent home to parents. The district provided a copy of that letter to 13WMAZ.
The letter says a teacher discovered the "controlled substance," which led to a search of the classroom. The school day continued as normal in the rest of the building, the letter says.
School officials did not identify the drugs or describe how they were found. They also do not describe how the student was disciplined.
District spokesman Donald Porter said the student was a second grader. He said there is no evidence the child planned to sell the drugs.
The letter advises parents to check their children's clothing and bookbags for inappropriate items.
Here is the text of the letter:
February 21, 2013
I am writing to inform you of an incident which occurred at Heritage Elementary School this morning. This information comes to you in an effort to provide accurate and timely information.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., a teacher discovered a student in possession of a controlled substance on campus. School administrators and Campus Police began an immediate investigation which included a search of the classroom where the controlled substance was found. It was determined the breach was limited to one classroom; therefore, the rest of the school was able to continue normal operations without interruption.
When unfortunate situations occur, we follow investigative procedures and notify parents whose students were affected by the events. Our disciplinary intervention is immediate and enforces appropriate behaviors as outlined in the Student Guidelines for Success. Campus Police, school faculty, staff, and administrators are to be commended for their responses to today's event.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. However, I want to assure parents and the community that Heritage Elementary School and the Bibb County School District have procedures in place designed to protect students and faculty from these types of incidents. We remain committed to providing an academically challenging, safe learning environment free from unnecessary disruptions.
I encourage you to regularly check your child's book bag and clothing to make sure he/she does not bring inappropriate or dangerous items to school. We appreciate the support of parents working together with teachers, staff, and administrators to ensure that all students are taught at high levels and that instructional time is protected each day.
Please know I am available to speak with you should you have concerns or questions.