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Seven Year-old With Crack

Seven Year Old Caught With Crack Cocaine. Are You Shocked?

In Trenton, NJ, yesterday police said a 7-year-old boy brought 2.5 ounces of crack cocaine to school.

The boy and his 10-year-old sister both attend Parker Elementary School. The children are now in the care of the Office of the Division of Youth and Family Services. The parents, along with two of the children's uncles were arrested immediately.

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Dixie-Theychangedit Dixie-Theychangedit 9 years
Not shocked. I manage a retail store and see parents who use their children to steal on a daily basis. They stuff merchandise in their babies strollers and clothing, then when they can walk, send them in to steal, and teach them how. The kid gets caught, they play the part of the surprised parent who assures you the child will be punished and lets walk out the door and try it again later. It's not a far streach of the imagination to know that they use kids to run drugs and deliver them, etc. The kids get less punishment, or none, if they are caught.
Yukino Yukino 9 years
Oh, God. I answered other, but it really IS just too long and complicated to be typing here in the comments, especially when I'm just about to run off to uni. Let's just say that it's 'all of the above', and therefore, 'other'. And nyaradzom2001, I agree with you. I miss seeing children playing outside. Should I ever get any, I'll make sure to find more ... 'organic', for lack of a better word, ways of entertainment for them.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
not too shocked - i remember a kid in my class was arrested for drug trafficking when i was 11! also, someone was pregnant at that age, too. gah. glad that was my last year there and my parents moved me up to Canada.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i think i'll always be shocked by these things. not because i don't know it happens. but because it just happens. a lot. and it's awful. it's sad. just really sad.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Sadly I'm not shocked.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Private schools have just as much if not more substance abuse.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
It's stories like this that make me want to keep my son as young and innocent as he is now. If there was just SOME way to keep him completely sheltered from all this...I would do it. Anything. I am literally scared to death to have my son go to a public school, in fear of what he will find out about this world we live in.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
This thread was way too depressing. Nothing makes me sadder than violence towards people who cannot protect themselves. As for the drugs, it is really sad. What can we all do about this? I get tired sometimes of feeling like it's all going to pot and then feeling like it's out of my control to do anything.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Trixie, there's a phenomenal amount of brutality in our culture now. It runs a continuum from common daily discourtesy (like driving in Los Angeles!) up to random and senseless violence. I'm sure there are a lot of factors, but I think they include: broken families, insufficient parenting (even in intact families), unemployment and poverty, inferior education (which contributes to unemployment and fails to impart the finer points of western culture, such as arts and literature), violent films and television, and making sure that a whole generation has great self-esteem (usually undeserved, which often mutates into arrogance and selfishness). A lack of social standards and ethics, because they are usually religion based and "judgmental". Probably also pervasive environmental pollution and highly-processed food, God knows.
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
I'm not shocked or surprised. It's just another situation where the parents didn't give a damn about how their actions were affecting their children. A 16 & a 17 year old were just arrested here in Ohio. They had broken into the home of a neighbor to wait until she got home & then steal her car. The neighbor came home, dropped off her developmentally disabled 18 year old daughter and left again. The two assholes waiting in the house beat & tormented this poor girl for 6 (SIX!!) hours. They SHAVED HER HEAD. The article in the paper quoted her as saying that she pleaded with them not to hit her in the head as she had recently had surgery. I know this doesn't have a lot to do with the topic at hand, but it's part of the reason that I'm not shocked or surprised at a 7 year old having crack.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
Lainetm: i forgot about that story. just thinking about it now makes me want to cry a little. i'm usually against the death penalty, but i couldn't agree more with your sentencing suggestion.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
cine_lover, I don't think it's a matter of whose rights take precedence. I think more often it's a matter of whether the government has the right to interfere in the family. I'm a bit torn on that issue, as I'm a fairly strict parent, which seems to be out of fashion these days. Some might say I'm too mean to be a parent! I'm more shocked by the recent story about the young-20's couple who let their 5-month-old die, sitting in the car seat in the crib. They were too busy playing video games and living their lives; it apparently took a few days. They had food, furniture, resources--just apparently didn't give a d@mn. IMO they should both be executed--by starvation, sitting in their own filth.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I can't say that I'm shocked, but I am saddened.
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 9 years
I am not shocked that people make horrible decisions like this, but to put your children in the mix really horrifies me. Thank goodness he brought it to school so that the police can deal with these very bad adults and the children can be raised in a safer environment.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I'm not shocked by this stuff anymore, unfortunately. It's still horrible though...
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I'm not shocked at all- I live in Baltimore. I am pleased that nothing bad happened to the child like an od
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Of course it's shocking. That's terrible.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Shocked? No. Why would I be shocked when we live in a society where parents rights come before a childs. Those kids will be back in the parents home in 3 months.
grannyvon grannyvon 9 years
Where I live in Alabama, 60-Minutes identified my county and two more adjoining counties as the Meth Capital of the world. This was three years ago and nothing suprises me. The Drug Task Force in our county use every penny of the money alotted to them fighting drug trafficing. The Meth drug is not as plentiful but this is made in the trunks of cars, homes where there are children smelling the fumes of it cooking, etc. Other drugs are ceased at least a couple of times a month just from routine traffic stops. How many didn't they find? This task force does the best they can with the few people they have. All arrest have to have assistance from the local police and county sheriff to even make arrest. Not a person in our county is not affected in some way by drugs, the sexual preditors arrest are highter than ever. Lots of this comes from drugs. Rape is up and thousands every year are never reported. Those reported, most are high on drugs. And this county is where the three major towns here are still considered small towns. Montgomery AL our state capital, had 3 middle schooler arrested last week for terroeist threats and bomb makings were in their homes. What's next? Lots of you will not agree but Christians believe that things will just get worst at this point untill the end comes.
trouble450 trouble450 9 years
esk4 esk4 9 years
Its the same situation in Newark too. Its what happens when there is mass poverty and no community support. There is an inner city Newark HS on my campus and its sad to see it everyday, these kids have so many other things around them, drugs, gangs, crime, and no one to really care about them, thats they can't see the way out of their current situation, and even if they can it seems unattainable.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
nyaradzom2001 — that sounds a lot like my childhood. :)
stina829 stina829 9 years
That's just sick. Sad to hear.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Surprised this wasn't in Newark? Well, it probably is, just doesn't make the news anymore...
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I agree. Crack. In Trenton? Nooooooo! Never! Glad they arrested the "parents". However, now that the kids are in the care of social services or whatever, hopefully the giving crack to kids mentality will not just be perpetuated and be a part of the vicious cycle. It sucks to grow up without your 'rents. :(
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