This Thursday, two children from Jules Ferry school in Gagny were briefly hospitalized after ingesting cocaine, because they presented symptoms such as “dilated pupils,” reports Le Parisien. After examination, they went out in the evening, as explained by the city’s DVD mayor, Robin Cranoly, who “condemns in the strongest terms the idea that someone could have entered a school with in possession of cocaine “. They are six comrades of large section, aged 5, to have played with the white powder present in the school grounds and some of them brought it to their mouths. However, this powder was identified as cocaine – “a small ballotin of a maximum gram” – that a member of the school staff would then have thrown in a school trash, according to a police source quoted by The Parisian. Fortunately, none of the children are in critical condition, reports Le Point.
Regarding the presence of drugs in the establishment, it is currently impossible to determine whether the cocaine was hidden on the school premises or whether it was a student who brought it from outside before sharing it with his comrades “as has already happened elsewhere”, recalls a police source quoted by Le Point. “As the investigation progresses, it is not impossible to resort to levies on the staff,” adds the latter.
When schools serve as hideouts
The trail of dealers hiding their narcotics in places known to be beyond the control of the police is quite exploitable. As a reminder, in 2018, 100 kilos of cannabis were discovered in an elementary school in Bezons, in the Val d’Oise. In 2014, Le Point reported the cannabis trafficking of a kindergarten teacher who taught in Seine-Saint-Denis. The latter was concealing his drugs as well as his scale and his knife (used to cut the product) in the director’s office, who would not have been aware of anything.
Jules Ferry school in Gagny © Google Street View