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Third-graders caught smoking pot in bathroom; police investigate

Probation officials are investigating how a group of third-graders caught smoking marijuana inside a school bathroom got their hands on the drug.

KPIX-TV reported three third-graders were found by another student Feb. 27 smoking weed inside a Sonora Elementary School bathroom. Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson told the station they were two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old.

The student told school officials, who reported the incident to police. The students were released to their parents, but investigators are trying to determine whether someone supplied the drug to the kids.

"[I'm] shocked. To be in third grade and have their own pipe,” parent Linda Rodriguez commented to KTXL-TV. “I think they should be expelled, but I also think they should follow it further to where they found [the drugs].”

Superintendent Leigh Shampain declined to discuss how the third-graders might be disciplined.

The case was forwarded to the Tuolumne County Probation Department.

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