By Eva Botkin-Kowacki for The Christian Science Monitor. A girl was caught attempting to smoke marijuana in an elementary school bathroom last week. She is just 8 years old.

The incident has sparked conversation in the Ohio school district about child endangerment and access to drugs, adding to a national conversation about marijuana use and exposure among children and teens.

The student was discovered by a school employee at Pataskala Elementary School in Pataskala, Ohio. When she was found, the student tossed some of the marijuana into a toilet and trashcan.

It was an “eye-opening” incident, given the girl’s age, Pataskala police chief Bruce Brooks told The Advocate newspaper in nearby Newark.

“The good thing is she didn’t know how to (smoke the marijuana),” he said. “She lit the (plastic) baggie.”

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