UPDATE: Six-year-old in possession of marijuana at school

UPDATE: OCT. 14

According to school officials, a first-grade student at DeWitt Elementary told her teacher she had headache medicine in her backpack. School policy states that any type of medicine must be reported, so when the teacher checked the child’s backpack, she found not headache medicine, but marijuana. The teacher immediately turned the child and her backpack over to the school principal and social services.

Knox County Schools Public Relations Director Frank Shelton has issued an appeal to parents, “We urge parents to check your child’s backpack daily for anything that could be harmful to the student in his possession, or something that someone who could get their hands on and use it, whether it’s a substance, or gun, or even a butter knife. It doesn’t matter what it is, it doesn’t belong at school.”

In lieu of the recent drug-related events at Knox County Schools, a community-wide program on the dangers of illegal substance abuse will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, at Knox Central High School. The presentation will include preventative measures that parents/guardians can take to ensure that their child does not intentionally, or accidentally, come into contact with such items.

Click below to read a letter sent home to the parents of DeWitt students.

KCPS Letter to DeWitt Parents

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Original story

On October 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. Sheriff Mike Smith, Deputy Carl Frith responded a report of a six year old child discovered to be in possession of marijuana by school officials at the Dewitt Elementary School.

After meeting with school officials and conducting an investigation, Sheriff Smith and Deputy Frith began attempting to locate the mother of the child. Several attempts were made, but the mother could not be located. When school let out, the officers followed the school bus back to the residence where they located the mother.

A search of the residence was conducted. The search led to a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia being found inside the home.

The mother, Ashley Edwards age 28 of Flat Lick, KY, was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

The child was released to a family member by the Department of Social Service.