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Police investigating pot-laced cornbread at KJHS

February 28, 2019

KANKAKEE – Police are investigating whether marijuana-laced cornbread was distributed by a Kankakee Junior High School student.

A student handed cornbread to a school resource officer about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The officer then handed it to school administrators, who reported the incident to the Kankakee Police Department.

Kankakee School District 111 Superintendent Genevra Walters said three students ate the cornbread. Administrators turned an eighth-grade student, suspected of supplying the cornbread, and the cornbread over to police.

KPD Investigations Commander Dave Skelly said police are still investigating the case and that the cornbread still needs to be tested.

The student was brought to the station, processed and released to his mother. The student’s mother has been very cooperative, Skelly said.

The student will be facing misdemeanor possession of cannabis charges in juvenile court.

Walters said the student in question will not be in school until further investigation.

Wednesday’s incident marked the second time in the past four months that marijuana-laced edibles have been discovered at a Kankakee school.

Last October, a high school student and adult were charged after the student brought marijuana-laced gummi bears to school. Six students were affected by the gummi bears with two receiving treatment at local hospitals.

The student who brought the gummi bears was charged with possession of cannabis. A friend of the student’s parents, Charles S. Roberts III, of Bourbonnais, was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Roberts III has been on trial this week for the incident, accused of manufacturing the gummi bears in the parent’s Kankakee home. The case is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

“I’m not sure what to do about it,” Walters said regarding the two incidents. “I’m concerned people are starting to perceive marijuana as not that big of a deal. We need to educate our students to not eat anything given to them by somebody they don’t know.”

Walters said she will meet with administrators to discuss future actions.