7-Year-Old Gave Heroin To Classmates

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a teacher found bags of heroin in the backpack of a 7-year-old student.

The incident happened at Quentin Roosevelt Elementary School in Carrick. The school houses grades pre-K to 5.

Sources say the 7-year-old kindergarten student cut his finger with a razor blade. His teacher started questioning him and discovered 18 suspected heroin stamp bags in his backpack and locker.

Pittsburgh Police brought a drug-sniffing dog into the school Wednesday afternoon to search for heroin that might still be inside the building. No additional drugs were found.

Police sources say the boy told them he got the drugs from his father’s bedroom. Police searched the boy’s home, but did not find any drugs. The boy also said he gave heroin to three of his friends.

It’s unclear if he gave out the drugs on the school bus or in the school building or both.

The white packets are named “Magic Ticket” and feature a bunny coming out of a hat.

Ebony Pugh, a spokesperson for Pittsburgh Public Schools, said three parents contacted the school district because their kids brought home drugs.

The district plans to send a letter home to parents tomorrow about the incident.

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  • Crystal

    My daughter goes to this school I am so mad about this right now.. Thankfully my daughter said she didn’t see these bags and she didn’t bring any home but I hope that this kid is taken off these parents.. they should show there faces so we know they are selling drugs in our neighborhood…

    • Cheryl Elizabeth Assaf

      The kid was too young and probably didn’t even know what he had. He should be placed in foster care pending an evaluation for safety reasons of his home. The kid is only 7 and didn’t go out and pick the stuff up on the streets. His parents have put his safety and all the other children he came in contact in great jeopardy. Remember the only people at fault here are his parents.

      • http://blogsensebybarb.wordpress.com blogsensebybarb

        His parents or someone on the street handing him the backpack? just a thought …

    • Dontdependonthegovernment

      Who is going to spank him? His worthless father? Does he even have a mother? We are living in a world where worthless animals are called parents who are doing nothing but raising more worthless animals. The cycle will never end until the government stops paying mothers to have to more babies to get more money in their check. If you do not have a job or are on welfare, or are a know drug user you should be fixed so you cannot have children.

      • FedUp

        Right on!

    • tom_ma

      Seven year old kindergarten student? This child should have been rescued from his parents a loooong time ago.

    • fitefan

      The kid is a SEVEN year old KINDERGARTNER!!! That kid was “Left Behind”!! TWICE!!!

    • dan


      • hwright

        And you blame this on the schools system why???????? Is that his parents the school. Hey wait thats what a lot of people think now. Government parents. And people that work…..

      • http://myteensavers.wordpress.com myteensavers

        Would you drug test your child? In this day in age, my wife and I would.

      • FrankO

        Because next week the teachers will hand out Heroin to the kids. Just wait and see. Or the kids will find some crack in a teachers desk and smoke it up with all the other first graders in the ghetto.

    • hookedonphonics

      Someone needs to go back to school. Your writing is terrible!!!

      • AgreeWithCrystal

        I will assume you are aware that using three exclamations points in a row is considered poor syntax. Looks like you may have been the product of a drug infested school yourself hookedonphonics.

      • Peter D

        Let’s worry about the young children and the potentially deadly situation they were placed in. Let’s save the grammar critique for another day.

      • joel


    • SimplySue

      He doesn’t need a spanking. Why should he get a spanking? You, yourself just asked if someone was blaming him and reminded everyone that he is seven. He needs to be taken out of his parent’s home, because obviously he is in danger there if he has access to heroin and razor blades. It’s his parents that need the spanking, or better yet, put in jail for endangering their child.

    • Patrick's mommy

      The post you were replying to said that he needs to be removed from his parents. It said nothing about school or blaming the child she was saying that his parents are complete idiots who are not capable of caring for a child and she was right. Both the parents should be thrown in jail

    • Carlow

      This seven year old should be place in a foster home.

    • Jeremiah Lee Koprowski


    • mkked

      Why would the kid need a spanking ? He is 7. Do you think he really has an understanding of what heroin is ? His idiot parents probably told him it was some kind of candy.

      The kid just didn’t know.

    • save our children

      the poster said the child shoiuld be taken FROM the parents.
      the poster is not blaming the child, but the parents.

    • Budpratt

      Spank him? What are you hiding?

    • Logic

      A Seven-year-old kindergartener?

      And he’s got the razor blade, too?

      Right, this kid definitely ISN’T a problem /sarcasm

    • Aj Davis

      I wish I went to this school. Free heroin is beast.

    • KansasGirl

      After reading your comment twice, I realize the problems facing Ameriica. I can’t believe you don’t know what is going on in your commnity. Quit allowing this behavior. Okay?

    • Plato

      Wow, that’s an intelligent non-sequitur. Whether drugs are legal or not, a 7 year old kindergartner (why is a 7-year old in kindergarten?) shouldn’t be passing them out to classmates, any more than he should be passing out legalized drugs.

      Try to stay in the game there, big fella…

    • Leprichan

      Man, right on! I need to go get an erection. Thanks for reminding me.

    • Deein Pa

      You must be Mr perfect !

    • Mary Ann Kalian

      You are an idiot Doug, obviously Crystal is upset, cut her a break

    • AreolaSharon

      Mr perfect?, Nah … M-O-R-O-N

      What else in life do you generalize?

    • Susan


  • Curtis

    Typical Carrick! When will everyone start to realize that Carrick is a bad bad neighborhood?

    • Slappy

      Sec 8 is a disaster. It’s worse because as a prospective tenant, you’re not permitted to find out if a place has sec 8 or not. Why should it be a secret parasites are in a neighborhood alongside hard-working tax payers? Sec 8 landlords are taking tax money from Uncle Sugar-nothing heroic about that.

    • Lynyrd

      Carrick was an outstanding neighborhood. Enter sec.8. Down goes another good community.Sec,8 landlords are the lowest .

    • KickDemOut

      Sec 8 landlords are heros who face injury and death when the social worker shows up, but they don’t get paid for it. Nor get to retire at 50 even though life expectancy is the same.

  • KIm

    Remind me NOT to use the city schools!

    • Donna Snyder

      honey its in every school private and boro schools the richer the neighborhood the more dope and thats a fact

      • Paul

        Liberalism is standing on your head and telling the rest of the world it’s upside down.

        You keep telling yourself that there are private and suburban ELEMENTARY schools where kids are bring heroin and guns and the rest of us will just keep watching the cities burn.

        If you can’t even face your problems what hope do you have of ever addressing them?

      • granolos

        what is all this about the schools? the kid’s parents had a bedroom full of heroin!

      • badisbad

        granlols is right the parents having heroin in a home with children is the problem. They are drug users or sellers either way theyshould not be allowed to raise a child this is a case for complete removal of the child and a criminal case against the parents for drug use/trafficing. Forget about holding the school responsible for discovering and reporting a crime they did right and should not be penalized for calling the police when a drug filled backpack shows up on school grounds regardless of who carried it in.

    • Paul

      Drugs are a problems everywhere no doubt about it, but in the communities you’re mentioning the problem doesn’t begin to present until the kids are in their mid to late teens, upper middle and high school, there are no suburban elementary schools where heroin is showing up… if you believe otherwise you’re just fooling yourselves. Drugs are a major problem in every part of the PPS, at every level in every school with the teachers being amongst some of the biggest problems.

      You keep fooling yourselves into believing Philicia Barbieri is some kind of anomaly because she got got or that the administrator at Allderdice who got caught stealing gift cards intended as rewards for high achieving students that ended up in the possession of drug dealers is out of the ordinary. Most of the teachers I encountered when my daughter attended middle school at Linden had no business being anywhere near children.

    • acs

      Its everywhere, that’s why you must educate your kids!

    • hookedonnothing

      Remember not to use the city schools!

    • Your kids face this

      Not to mention Upper St. Clair, Bethlehem-Center, Peters Twp…

      Oh, and probably your district too. Keep your head under the rock, or face acknowledging that heroin abuse is rampant across the region and knows no socio-economic bounds.

    • thenewlibertarian

      The kid was probably trading it for crack…

    • Nancy

      Really? Roosevelt is a great school with a wonderful staff and hundreds of terrific kids. Don’t chastise the school or the school district for an incident that was perpetrated by someone from outside the building. Would you shoulder the blame if a guest in your home had drugs and your only involvement in the matter was calling the police? You’re kidding yourself if you think this problem doesn’t exist in suburban schools. It does!

      • Nick

        Nancy, I’m just wondering where you work. It sure sounds like you were told to defend this school. Not many parents of this school can just spout off all these facts. You are no doubt a union zombie and are writing this to protect your cozy government teachers job. Take off your blinders and really take a look at this for what it is, defending this kind of action is just pathetic.

        On another note: We need to push hard for vouchers and get our kids in charter/private schools. Government/Union schools are nothing more than a muse for liberal indoctrination! End this union thuggery!

      • Sadcityresident

        This may exist in the suburbs, but its 1 kid in every 1000 there not one in every 20 that they have in the city…trust me I work there!

      • Donna Snyder

        check out how many drugs are on students at seaton la salle private catholic school wake up its everywhere it could be your kids best friend in your high priced school its not the school its the home life/parenting. kids only do as they see i really dont think they see the teachers dealing they see it at home or in your neighborhood


        look at the trash your kids deal with everyday they are in school,roosevelt might have potential to be a great but as long as these kids go there the public school system suks,wake up its my tax dolars paying for this i cant move so i will just pay 4300.00 a year for catholic school so my child is no around a kid that has parents that deal herion <Nancy think about that every day you drop your kid off at that over funded underachiveing school ,oh the pgh promise only works if your child gets in to a school.the better and a wing to ccac…

      • LuLu

        nancy; The turn-around that you write of is PROOF that the schools were at a LOWER L:EVEL than they should have been! If this were not true, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR A TURN-AROUND!!Why did they drop to the lower level? Because the UNIONS ARE IN CONTROL OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM! They are the ones that set the curriculum, want more $$due$$ paying union members to support the self-serving CORRUPT,union fed politicos!!To hell with learning, hussein obama wants more dummies to be completely dependent on him, and his gangster regime!!!

      • Paul

        Nancy is perfect example of why we left the city, to many fools who would rather delude themselves in believing THEIR school is the good school, THEIR crooked Democrat council person is the good, one, THEIR union lapdog school board representative really cares about the kids and it’s always the other one that’s the bad one.

        You’ll never, not ever, be able to fix the problems of the city if you don’t even have the courage to acknowledge them. PPS is a festering sewer of failure from top to bottom that exists to indoctrinate not educate. Being “one of the best” schools in the PPS is the equivalent to being one of the shiniest turds is in a dung heap. I know, we were there and we dealt with the entrenched bureaucrats, unionist thug, drug addled teachers, we know better than you what is best for your kids, attitudes for years before we finally left.

        If you can’t afford to move to get your kids out of that failed system investigate PACyber or quit listening to lies of the teachers union and call your state representative and demand they vote for SB1 and work on getting you kid into a private with a voucher. Take it from me, getting your children out of that corrosive, deviance promoting environment is the best thing you’ll ever do for them.

      • Nancy

        City schools don’t “suck” and aren’t “shot”. They are making an amazing turn around. The district as a whole made AYP two years ago. They have been working diligently to ensure that all students are making progress. They have implimented many new programs, curricula, and teacher evaluation tools. The foundations in Pittsburgh have seen these changes take place and are once again investing in the schools. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested millions in the Pittsburgh Public Schools because the district’s Excellence for All plan was one of the most comprehensive plans written and was co-constructed by Pittsburgh school leaders and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. Management and union, working together, to ensure that there is a highly effective teacher in every classroom, in every school in the district, so that every child has the opportunity to receive a first-class education in a positive learning environment. UPMC and countless other groups, including the PFT, have invested money into the Pittsburgh Promise, so that students who Work Hard and Dream Big have the opportunity to get a post-secondary education or workforce certification. Everyone, from each school all the way to central office, is working to make the Excellence for All plan a reality for the children and families of our Pittsburgh neighborhoods. We will succeed. Just watch us. (Dan, Thank you!)

      • Dan

        Nancy, I agree. I have 2 children in Roosevelt school. The staff is excellent! Stuff like this happens everywhere, it usually only makes the news when it’s a city school. I remember seeing a while back that Bethel Park School District had a heroin problem in the middle and high school. So don’t blame the school or staff, it can happen anywhere!!!



  • d. craig wise

    Elementary school… That is – what 12 to 13 year olds tops?? What in the name of God has this country come too? Watch 15 minutes of news and pay attention to what Republicans want to do – cutting funding for education, eliminating Head Start, etc., , and you can come to the relization as to why!!

    • Nick

      I was just waiting for the old “It’s Bush’s Fault” ! The problem is not that there isnt enough money. We have been throwing money at this problem for far too long. The problem is the teachers unions and you know it. They are the most corrupt and violent organization next to the mob…wait they are the mob.

    • Lindsay

      YES CUT FUNDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! America is already number ONE in the world on how much we spend per child in the education system and almost dead LAST in there preformance! WHAT does this tell you???????????????????

      • jet2023

        It tells me that you can’t spell.

    • Paul

      It’s not the country, it’s the inner city where big government leftists have held sway and had complete control for decades and the bitter fruits of their labor are being born. Head Start, more funding for indoctrination and bloated union salary and pensions under the guise of education have created the opportunity for Shaniqua Gonorrhea to use the urban schools as a baby sitting service for her illegitimate kids and dump them there while she spends the day getting high and thinking of new way to steal from working people to pay for her debauchery. Right outside the cities is the rest of the country where Democrats have nothing to offer decent working people and life is still good.

      The prevalence of these incidents is correlates directly to how many Democrat there are in government, how long they’ve been there, how much is spent on “education” and programs like Head Start … the more there is the worse the problems and that’s no accident.

    • Frank

      Oh for the love of Pete, d.craig…..Um, United STates, bottom 1/3 of all developed countries in Math, Science and English…..your answer: throw more money at schools because that’s worked so well….give me a break you leftist hack!

    • givemeabreak

      LOL…d. craig wise…government is not going to help bad parenting, do you honestly think that government programs curtail drug use. True the parents in this case are obviously to blame, but to blame Republicans because they are trying to prevent us from becoming a 3rd world nation sounds like msnbc talking.

    • eyewire2000

      Take the school districts entire budget and divide by the number of students. I recently did this after reading about Detroit’s failing school system and came up with more than $80,000!

      What is that figure for this district?

      We need to privatize the public schools. We would get better education for our students & there would be more than enough money for special education. What we have now looks like the non-defunct Soviet Union’s economic system.

    • rob

      this is what you get with dozens of 6 figure useless administrators who refuse to enforce dicipline

    • The Bruce

      Craig, please explain how increases in educational spending would have prevented that child from obtaining heroin in his house. I’m all ears.

      Seriously, the political spin is ridiculous. You’re just a non-thinking hack.

      • Donna Snyder

        how how is our teachers and school staff going to stop kids from bringing this into school move in the home with em its the parents not the schools. if you people want to blame the schools then how about you think like this, you have a cook out and somone has drugs on them and gets caught well its at your home so its your fault not theirs, or your out having dinner and decide that you and your friend have a glass of wine and the driver wrecks now you are to blame its your fault because you were with them wake up people put the blame where it goes the child stated that he got it at home not at school so blame the parents not the teachers

    • Carlow

      What Republicans want to do? Have you read Obama’s Health Care Plan?
      Watch C-SPAN and get unbiased news.
      The R’s want to save Medicare and allow those with pre-existing conditions to have insurance. They also want tort reform which would allow more money to be spent on the needy.
      Do you know how much FREE care is given to the needy by Pittsburgh hospitals? Do you know how many buy homes and cars and will not buy medical insurance? WE pay for them.

      • rob

        carrick was where everyone wanted their kids to go to school until the board brought in all the low life animals from mt oliver,beltzhoover, and knoxville, then threw in some from homewood and the hill for diversity

    • Shamoo

      the articl states kindergarten – 5.
      I figger that puts the range at
      5 – 18 years…….

    • Dee Smith

      Yeah your right take the responsiblity away from all the parents and give it to the goverment free breakfast,lunch and dinner, than Mom’s and dad’s can have PLAY DAYS. This country is so upside down. The 700 billion spent on the board of Education is a joke. WAKE UP AMERICA. Let the states take hold of their schools Jeffersons said” states right” give the people the right to move if they do not like the way their tax money is spent..

    • Frank

      Yea…this is the republicans fault. Nice liberal spin….Funny how we were most prosperous when we didn’t even have a dept of education….gvt is not the answer.

      • Slappy

        Read John T. Gatto-he’s a fmr teacher who quit and speaks out against the education system. According to Gatto, the US used to produce intelligent, thoughtful students UNTIL the fedgov got into education. For the last 100 years, the progressives have ruined our schools. According to the progressives’ own words, and the industrialists who funded them, the aim of the public school system is to produce kids just smart enough to work for someone else. Critical thinking is not on the agenda. They’ve had 100 years to do it-how’s it working out so far?
        If you don’t believe me, then why is education in this nation a joke with all the $$$ we throw at it? According to Gatto, 200 years ago, our kids taught themselves to read and none had a formal education, yet if you look at what they read and knew, they were smarter than we are now.

        Here’s Woodrow WIlson’s idea of how the public should be educated:
        “We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.”

        “The secret of American schooling is that it doesn’t teach the way children learn, and it isn’t supposed to; school was engineered to serve a concealed command economy and a deliberately re-stratified social order. It wasn’t made for the benefit of kids and families as those individuals and institutions would define their own needs. School is the first impression children get of organized society; like most first impressions, it is the lasting one. Life according to school is dull and stupid, only consumption promises relief: Coke, Big Macs, fashion jeans, that’s where real meaning is found, that is the classroom’s lesson, however indirectly delivered.” -Gatto

        Our schools are ridiculously stupid and damaging for our kids.

      • Salley

        Brian;; the shout out of approval is “HEAR, HEAR’. Say ‘hello’ to u no who for us.

      • Micah

        Throwing more money towards a problem does not solve it…it’s been tried and failed. I substitute teach in public schools and am ASTOUNDED at the lack of basic knowledge, particularly history, of our so-called high school students. I fear for the next generation. I wish I had the magic bullet to solve this, but I am truly at a loss. The majority of the kids are unmotivated, uneducated and simply don’t care…and many, not all, of the public school teachers I encounter do nothing to counter this, and actually unintentionally encourage it, by pathetic class (dis)organization, skewed grading systems and just a general lack of learning atmosphere. Most days I leave various schools very disappointed and a little overwhelmed by the environment of actual stupidity…schools, and therefore our youth…are in a sad state.

      • rob

        lets blame the real culprits,the parents if you can even find them

      • herold

        this is bb

      • Brian - Redding, CT

        Here here!!!!

      • OhioChuck

        The educational system across the country is broken. Until we take control of the classroom away from the kids and give it back to the educators you’ll continue to have problems. You can thank the lawyers that have used the insecurities of liberals some 30 years ago to make their millions. Bring back spankings and whackings in the hallways. Hell, that even cured ADD, ADHD and 100’s of other acronyms that have popped up over the years.

      • AreolaSharon


        Raise the standard for becoming a teacher is my take.

        I mean, when my extremely brillian child was transferred, against school policy, and the stated desire of the custodial parent, to a school that was closer to the home … she found herself in a confronation with a teacher who did not know how to spell and SPOKE in ebonics …. I’m sorry, this is the kind of thing one should never be able to get their head around, but the school system protects and defends their own …

        When the police do this it’s called the ‘thin blue line’ … I now refer to this insulting behavior as ‘the thin CHALK LINE’

    • money isn't the answer

      Um… we keep throwing money at the schools and Johnny still can’t read or write. Money won’t do it – parents who care enough to read to their children, keep them off the streets, and insist that they do homework will make a difference. But they’d have to turn off the t.v. and invest a little time in their children. Won’t ever happen. I read recently where they want to stop tax credits for parents of obese children. What about illiterate children? That’s just as much negligence and costs the taxpayer plenty in later years.

      • freecheese

        hmm? we keeps trowing money at dem skools, but otis and jamal kant read an rite. wunder wats rong ?

    • Joe S.

      The problem isn’t Republilcans or the lack of government funding — DC public schools get more money than any other school district in the nation and perform at a lower level than nearly any other.

      So much for the benefits of federal government involvement and money.

      Catholic schools have lower funding and much higher results.

      What’s the difference? Student accountability, discipline, morals and no excuses.

      • just a thought

        While I agree with some of your thoughts, I would like to throw one concept in: Catholic schools do have higher results, but Catholic schools are able to pick and choose their students. If a child has a low IQ or a learning disability, they are most likely not going to be accepted into the school (unless the family has enough money or power). I am not saying that it never happens, but for the most part, that seems to be the case. With the Voucher Bill being considered, this means that the students that will be left in the public school system will be the lower ability group.

  • Tabby Guzewicz

    its one thing if you wanna be a junkie and use these drugs but keep them out of the reach and sight of your children.. some one could have been seriously hurt or killed because of this… heroin is a wide spread epidemic that needs something done soon but lets try to keep the kids away from it.. this is just sad..

  • ryan

    yeah cutting funding to schools will stop kids from bringing drugs from home…..

    • Paul

      Not directly but cutting the budget of the bloated failed city schools could free up more money to build more prisons to toss this kid’s “parents” into and keep them from ever reproducing again and that will eventually solve the problem.

      • workingamerican

        Paul you a Republican IDIOT!!! Everychild left behind is your MOTTO. The money saved will just feed the politicians fat pockets and thats all……

    • Ben

      This nation could throw $100,000,000 at ‘these’ schools and it wouldn’t change one iota beyond perhaps the physical appearance-which would only last about 3 weeks…….I’ll leave it at that………….

  • Voice of the People

    Hey D Craig…….there hasn’t been one dime cut from the budget yet!!!!! and these savages raise 7 year olds to bring heroin to school, the cuts might force them to work when little Daquane doesn’t get breakfast lunch and dinner at school!!!

    • rob

      another great example of hope and change

      • Sheepocrat

        Yes We Can!

      • Norma

        Hope and change is possible. It was huge that the students had the sense not to ingest the ‘magic’. I have been looking for a dozen people in Pittsburgh who care about preventing substance abuse to start a ‘Reality Tour.’ If you know of people willing to give a few hours each month, it can happen. There is grant money to start Reality Tour, like 18 other PA counties did and 8 other states.
        Contact our non-profit at http://www.RealityTour.org Parents are our most powerful prevention tool….Reality Tour puts parent and child on the same page. Over 5,000 parents/youth have attended Butler County’s monthly Reality Tour. The Westmoreland Reality is filled to capacity for the May Tour. Ordinary people are out there doing something and it works. Reality Tour is on Facebook. Our fundraiser is tomorrow all day at Fun Fore All, stop by and meet parents who are actively doing something with just a few hours each month.

  • Bea

    A print story said this was a kindergartner, which if he is 7 yr. old, tells you what type of parents these are irregardless of the drugs. Hopefully there will be follow-up by CYF and the police removing this kid from the home, or else it is just another lost generation.

    • Tam

      My thoughts exactly! A 7-year-old in Kindergarten???

      Put the blame where it belongs, THE PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!! Stop trying to turn this into some political agenda.

    • Plato's Trifold

      Irregardless? Are you kidding me?!?! It’s REGARDLESS.

    • John J Sibley-Prusak

      “irregardless” is not a real word. It’s “regardless”

      • Frank

        I love, love, love when people like Hector take offense to people correcting someone on PROPER ENGLISH. Typical Liberal hack, can’t stand being proven incorrect on ANYTHING and takes it as a personal attack. Hector is just another lovely example of our public edumaction system (conditioning) dumbing down the populace.

      • Another Know-it-all

        “Irregardless” has appeared in the OED for over a hundred years. It’s definition is actually more rigid than the definition of “regardless” as it also connotes a nuance of refusal to concede the underlying contention. Additionally, the etymology of the words is presumed to be separate as the words evolved through middle-english in (presumed) different regions.

      • PamelaSB

        Hector – it wasn’t a spelling error, “irregardless” isn’t even a word! Your comment is a perfect example of how too many people in this country have excused a lack of diligence in regards to our every day life, which in turn, leads to a myriad of other social* ineptitude issues. Good grief.

      • Able to Use the Google Button on the Internet Machine

        @ Another Know it All

        Irregardless has been in the OED for over a hundred years as improper slang. Because it uses a double negative, the definition of irregardless is actually, “to have regard for. It is considered improper because it is generally used the opposite of what it actually means – i.e. “to have no regard for”

        My research (all 2 minutes of it) came for the Oxford English Dictionary online and Dictionary.com



        When you are trying to be a know-it-all, it generally helps if you are right about what you purportedly know. Especially when you cite a source that has evidence to the contrary

      • Hector

        I love, love love, love, LOVE when people correct spelling and grammar on the internet … it shows how little control they have in real life that the only way they can feel like they matter in some way is to chastise strangers who make simple spelling errors.

      • freecheese

        Well, as long as we are on grammer by knuckle draggers, “irregardless, methinks, co-conspiritors, pre-preventative, preventative, and ‘axing’ questions are a sign of ignorance and stupidity.

        Duh ?



      • PamelaSB

        Hector – it wasn’t a spelling error, “irregardless” isn’t even a word! Your comment is a perfect example of how too many people in this country have excused a lack of diligence in regards to our every day life, which in turn, leads to a myriad of other societal ineptitude issues. Good grief.

  • Al

    There will probably be a lawyer ready to sue for the teacher going in the kid’s backpack!

    • John J Sibley-Prusak

      Rightly so !!! Teachers are not “gods” or “judge and jury”.. Just and educator.

      • greasy gc

        hahahahahaha @ Tired’s comment. Nice catch.

      • Tired

        Sibley-Prusak? Did you take your wife’s name???? Lawyers man….ughhh!

  • Nancy

    Let’s not make this a black only crime. Heroin is more prevalent in the white neighborhoods than the black ones. Let’s make this about the child who has been exposed whether black or white.

    • joe thomas

      time to resegregate schools

    • FrankO

      But it was a black kid in a black neighborhood at a black school Duuhrrr what should we make it?

    • zingaro

      The article does not mention the race, so why is everyone assuming they are black?

      • Guess Who

        Go to greatschools.com and find out why.

        Some libt ards are in denial.

  • Andy

    The city schools have nothing to do with this. There is a society problem. Teachers deal with this all of the time and it never makes the press due to confidentiality. If the “real” parents knew what many of these lazy parents are doing to ensure that their children never learn, it would make them sick. Don’t blame the teachers all the time when stories like this surface. The schools fail because the REAL parents don’t have a voice. The ones with advocates and attorneys do.

  • Jan

    thank goodness the school has teachers who keep a very careful eye on the students and are smart enough to investigate a cut and discover the heroin. Now a days it takes the effort of home, community, and schools to keep our children safe.

  • patty pizzed

    Parents are responsible. Just like if there kid threw a aids infested waterballoon at a bus driver or peed in a swimmingpool. ware does a 7 yr old get $180 worth smack?



    • Paul

      As someone who isn’t from Pittsburgh but has lived here many years due to family obligations I could have (and often try to) warned you about listening to what the natives say about the place. The PPS is a complete disaster, people are fleeing it in droves, but just ask any parent with a kid in any of the schools and they’ll tell you how great their school is. The city is bleeding population like a stuck pig but just ask anyone left and they’ll tell you what a great place it is to live and the population turn around is just around the corner. They’ll tell you about this great, blue collar work ethic they have but you’ll never encounter a lazier bunch of slugs anywhere in the country. They’ll boast about how pleasant and helpful they are, the same people who’ve used election violence and brown shirt tactics to drive out of the east part of the city all but the most rabidly left wing anti-american kooks and still take pride in the fact that the city neighborhoods that still remain are divided along racial, ethnic and religious lines.

      The problem is the natives of Pittsburgh have been lying to themselves for so long they start to believe their own propaganda and can’t see past it so you can’t believe anything they say about the place

      • Hwright

        Go blow your horn somewhere else then bud. Take you Republican lies with you!!!!

      • SteveJ

        Hwright, maybe you can explain why people like you (and others on the left) are so obsessed with party affiliation. This isn’t about being a Republican. It’s about ideas … and the terrible ones that have led us to this kind of mess.

      • Laura

        You may live in Pittsburgh, but your information is about 4 years out of date. Click the refresh button and update your attitude.

      • Fellow floater

        Let’s face it. Pittsburgh is just a big toilet bowl with turds floating around in it waiting to be flushed. Some have been here for years and are disintegrating and the smaller ones are still somewhat solid but are slowly deteriorating (these kids). Parents don’t really care to take control and let the whole thing fill up and get stinkier by the day. It’s close to the point where the lever will be pushed and all those who think this is a great place will watch the world spinning round as they head into the drain with the little ones floating behind, all banged up on smack and falling apart faster than ever. I guess it doesn’t matter, we can’t do anything about it so our people in charge will take care of it, dont you see?

    • Ben

      Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its not the city, its the CONTENT of the city………..Detroit is even worse……Try Gary, IN or E. St. Louis, I’m sure you’ll find those cities rather quaint…….

      • Pitty

        Now, isn’t that great to compare to those cest pools. Boy, we’re better than that pile of filth over there and yeah look how much better we are than that illiterate group of thugs in that place. Man, that makes me proud to be Pitt-iful.

    • Rick

      You are now free to move about the country.

      • Paul

        Tell that to Boeing, Obama the dictator says otherwise.

    • SimplySue

      LMAO! Great nickname for someone from Wisconsin. Sorry folks couldn’t resist. I know it’s a serious topic.

      I think the break down of families in the last 30 years have left a couple generations to raise themselves. Add that to the way the judicial system has failed to do it’s job, the overmedicating of children and the glorification of gangsters and abusers and the society as a whole has taken a nose dive.

      • artemis133


      • pghpuma

        31 years ago, I moved to Atlanta, from the New York / New Jersey area where dopers offered hits on a joint to women on the steps to the subway. I was shocked to see front page articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about bodies of 12 year olds found roadside. The Community took too long to recognize that this was a turf war among drug dealers, mules and the callow cynicsm of low life who value nothing. This element – to those who responsibly protect their children is detectable. Become like the hero / K-9 officer in the article whose appearance at Roosevelt no doubt delighted the innocent. Yet we know the danger and would never let our child approach to pet the Shep. Some stuff – once you are prepared to SEE what you’re looking at – becomes obvious and you instinctively know how to respond to preserve your community and ascertain your security.

  • Thomas

    How about the fact that our US Marines are in Afghanistan helping the Taliban produce the opium to make all that heron? None of that matters right? They make it and bring it in and if you get caught with it you go to one of their private (for profit) prisons? That’s all irrelevant right?

    • You Are Wrong

      Afghan heroin goes to Europe/Asia, not the United States. Mexico/Colombia produce our supply. Is that irrelevant? Do your research.

      • You Are Even More Wrong

        Not true. Mexico/Colombia produces Black Tar Heroin, which is prevalent on the west coast, while Afghan heroin (powder, always in the salt form…in the UK they get Heroin base, and must add citric acid to it) is prevalent on the east coast of the US.

        Here’s a map to prove it:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Drugroutemap.gif

    • PamelaSB

      I bet the Taliban knows the difference between your and you’re.

    • The Bruce

      Thomas, I think someone’s been listening to a little too much Alex Jones. Go back to agonizing over FEMA camps, HAARP, and chemtrails.

    • Johnnie

      All of what you said is nonsence

      • birdlover

        i agree. herons are just birds, they are not political…..yet.

    • Cpl 1st class USS Irellevent

      And I still haven’t got my drug stipend from Taliban! Who can we sue?

  • hienz cleaver

    PROBABLY ….50 stamp bags. teach kept the rest.

  • birdlover

    thomas: We have enough of our blue herons here; they are beautiful birds Don’t trash them if you have never seen them.

  • Mary

    Why is it that when it’s found in a city school, it makes the news? It’s in all of the suburban schools as well but somehow it just keeps getting swept under the rug. All you suburban parents who are reading this right now and thinking it’s not in your kid’s school, think again. I have kids in a suburban high school, one that scores pretty well. Yep, Heroin’s there.

    • Paul

      Yeah Mary, suburban HIGH school where kids are at an age that they tend to experiment with drugs and it’s somewhat expected. Roosevelt is an ELEMENTARY school, these are children, children with heroin, children bringing drugs and guns to schools, children who are sexually assaulting other children in ELEMENTARY schools where the teachers are just as likely to junkies and anyone and the violence and crime rates are more like what you’d expect to see at a high school and the high school rates are more like what you expect to see in a prison.

      BIG difference dear.

  • Jack

    Some comments just kill me….all the BS about but it happens everywhere…and the guest analogy for God’s sake the child is a student hardly a guest…does all that make a person feel better? What because it happens “everywhere”…ha, just an excuse to do nothing or make it seem as this is just the way it is. Only because you let it be.

    You as parents are all responsible to collectively be involved. You want your 7 year old to even know about such heinous drugs…because it happens everywhere…people your children have the right and deserve the right to be children.

  • birdlover

    So why disparage the herons? They are simple , beautiful birds

    • steeleymcparrot

      heron jokes are not funny. Maybe you should go to that bar where you get free beer and a white woman when the Pirates lose nd get your head together. At this ratye you could stay stewed until Septemmer.

  • Huey


  • patty pizzed

    You mean like Park or Patel?

  • AreolaSharon

    Unbelievable how many Spelling Nazi’s have showed up for this post ….

    • denbarg

      You mean “shown” up for this post

      • AreolaSharon

        No. I wrote what I meant to write.

        Grammar Nazi’s, while less in number, are omnipresent on stories like this every time they hit the internet.

        Let me play Punctuation Nazi for a moment and suggest you should make clear as to whether you’re making a statement or asking a question. One can only guess until you punctuate what you wrote!

      • The Bruce


        The post is priceless. You simply have to love it when spelling and grammar Nazis make themselves out to be fools. Oh, and, I love that handle.

      • AreolaSharon

        @ The Bruce

        Yeah, 16 years of posting on the ‘net, one’s bound to have a pet peeve or two.

        I was hoping there might be a dogpile for my (twice) puctuation bait (Nazi’s rather than Nazis). Apparently punctuation presents the greater challenge for the drooling class …

        And don’t get me started on where/when I coined the moniker — LOL

  • denbarg

    the sad thing is, the kid didn’t even get a chance to shoot up before those bad school people took his stash!

    • Jim Myer

      You did not capitalize the ‘T’.

  • AreolaSharon

    critter = d’dipstick

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