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Pittsburgh fourth-grader caught smoking marijuana in school bathroom

| Friday, May 23, 2014, 9:33 a.m.

A fourth-grader who smoked marijuana in a Pittsburgh school will be charged, a school official said on Friday.

School police plan to charge the girl in juvenile court with possession of a small amount of marijuana, spokeswoman Mercedes Howze said. She will face school discipline, as well.

Administrators at Pittsburgh Roosevelt Intermediate on West Cherryhill Street in Carrick learned from students that the girl was smoking marijuana in a bathroom on Thursday, according to a letter to parents sent by acting Principal Anthony Pipkin.

The fourth-grader told officials that she brought a marijuana cigarette and lighter from home, both of which staff members confiscated, the letter stated. The student was taken to Children's Hospital, and officials called school police and reported the incident to ChildLine, a state hotline for suspected child abuse.

Howze said police are investigating the origin of the marijuana.

“There's an ongoing investigation,” she said. “School police have not made any decisions regarding further charges.”

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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