Mother of boy who brought marijuana to school arrested

Hanover Elementary School

The mother of a Connecticut preschooler that brought marijuana to school has been arrested.

Debra Rivera of Meriden, Connecticut, turned herself into police Friday evening after a warrant had been issued for her arrest. This comes after an incident on January 24th when her her 4-year-old pre-kindergarten son pulled nine wrapped baggies of marijuana out of his coat pocket at snack time at Hanover Elementary School.
The child was unaware of what he had, as he thought it was a snack in his pocket. The teacher immediately confiscated the baggies and informed the school administration, who contacted local police.
Officers and the Division of Children and Families began an investigation into the incident immediately, initially questioning the teacher that turned over the drugs. The other children were unaware and oblivious to what was going on.
“The child didn’t know what he was doing,” said Mark D. Benigni, the school’s superintendent.
Rivera is being charged with illegal possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, and risk of injury to a child. She was released Friday night on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on February 10th.
The Division of Children and Families is still investigating this matter.