Police say 20 Philadelphia first-graders were rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after a teacher discovered that one of the students had brought 11 packs of heroin into the classroom.
According to CBS Philly, authorities said a teacher at Commodore John Barry Elementary School just wanted to know what all the commotion was about when she saw a group of kids surrounding one of her 6-year-old students.
She was completely shocked to see that they were all playing with bags of heroin.
"Their teacher did a remarkable job," said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker. "They saw the child with these items. The teacher recognized right away, took control and notified another teacher."
The teacher immediately evacuated the students from the classroom before police were called to investigate the unbelievable situation.
According to police, at least two of the bags were opened and it seemed likely that one of them had been opened with somebody’s teeth, as police found teeth marks on the bags.
"We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten," Walker said.
All of the children were taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to get checked out as a precaution.
The only student who seemed to have been infected by the heroin was the little girl who had allegedly brought the drugs to school.
"The only person who we're sure had contact with the product at this point was the young female that brought it in," said Philadelphia Police Cpt. John Przepiorka. "The young girl that brought it in did feel a little dizzy and didn't feel well. So we sent her over to CHOP to make sure she's okay."
After the search, police arrested and charged the mother of the little girl, 32-year-old Marie Hunter, and her live-in boyfriend, 28-year-old Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of narcotics, and recklessly endangering another person.
When parents received news of what happened, they rushed to the hospital to be with their children.
Parent Danitra Salley said, "I was afraid. My child is 7 years old, that's the last thing he needs to be exposed to is a drug like that.”
"I don't know why a first grader would be able to bring heroin to school. It doesn't make sense to me. It should have never even been in the home," she added after suggesting that she may pull her son, Anthony, from the school.
The school later sent home a letter to parents explaining what had occurred that morning.
School District Of Philadelphia Spokesman Fernando Gallard said, "Our job is to provide services to the students to make sure they are not negatively affected by it."
The 6-year-old who is suspected to have brought the heroin to school is now in DHS custody.