A 10-year-old young girl in Colorado was arrested at her school for allegedly having marijuana, according to a Wednesday report. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the child got the substance from her father, who has a medical card.
The girl was reportedly taken from Evans Elementary School in handcuffs and charged with marijuana related offenses. The school district said the girl faces discipline ranging from suspension to expulsion.
The father told KRDO that he had been prescribed the marijuana in order to help treat chronic pain, restless leg syndrome and ADHD. He told police that his daughter stole the marijuana from his locked room after she had been warned never to touch it.
A spokesperson for the district stated that all of the schools had a zero tolerance policy towards marijuana, “regardless” of the fact that it was prescribed for a medical condition.
“She told her dad that she understands what she did was wrong and she said she plans to try to make things right,” KRDO reported. The girl was also issued a court date in December, right before Christmas.
The arrest sparked a debate amongst some, who argued that the young girl was not aware of what she was doing.
However, most people agree that the school had taken the right course of action.
Colorado also has laws that determine a 10-year-old can be “mentally culpable” of a crime.
“When you look at it legally from the legal standpoint, once the child hits the age of 10, then in the state of Colorado they have reached the age of mental culpability or committing a crime and being charged with a crime,” Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The girl is facing a charge of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, which is considered a petty offense, the television station reported.