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Kindergartner caught seasoning friend's lasagna with marijuana | (KRT)MIAMI — North Miami elementary school officials caught one of their kindergartners seasoning his friend's lasagna with marijuana on Monday, police said.

The 5-year old boy, whose name is not being released, was sitting with a friend in the Gratigny Elementary School cafeteria when a worker saw the boy sprinkle something over his friend's lunch. When the worker asked why he was playing with someone else's food, the child tried to hide a small bag of pot, said Mayco Villafana, spokesman for the Miami-Dade School District.

"Tests from police came back that it was marijuana," Villafana said. "The question then became, how do we investigate a 5-year-old?"

School officials took both boys to the principal's office and confiscated the marijuana, which was less than $5 worth.

The pot-laced lasagna - which likely would have made the child high - went uneaten.

Aaron Enteen, principal of the school, declined to comment. The children were allowed to return to class after speaking with police and resume their day.

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The boy with the marijuana was not arrested, said Miami-Dade Schools Police Sgt. Carlos Fernandez. It is unclear whether a five year old would understand that marijuana is a drug or that it is illegal, he said.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office agreed.

"We wouldn't prosecute a 5-year old," said spokesman Ed Griffith.

Because the marijuana could have come from the street, or someone the child knows, it is unlikely the boy's parents will be arrested either, Fernandez said.

School officials reported the matter to the state Department of Children and Families. Peter D. Coats, a spokesman for department said officials there have requested additional information from school officials to determine whether to open a case.

Villafana called the incident unusual.

"It's sad to say, but our schools sometimes are a reflection of society and there will be these kinds of drug incidents," he said. "That a young boy brings this kind of drug to school is something that alarms us."

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