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California Third-Graders Caught Smoking Pot

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It's unclear if they'll face any legal repercussions

Third-graders at a school in northern California were caught smoking marijuana in a boys’ bathroom recently, in what police are calling the youngest people they’ve ever busted for pot.

Two eight-year-old boys and one nine-year-old were caught last week in the Sonora, Calif. school, Reuters reports. A fellow student who saw them reported the incident to school officials, who then alerted local police. Officers detained the boys for questioning before returning them to their parents.

It’s unclear if they’ll face any legal repercussions. “The first step is, we have to determine whether they knew right from wrong,” Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson said.


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