Crack found at Philly school, 4 students in hospital

Four students were hospitalized for testing after administrators at a Philadelphia elementary school found what appeared to be crack.

A a 13-year-old and three 8-year-olds were exposed to the substance Thursday at S. Weir Mitchell Elementary in the Kingsessing of Southwest Philadelphia, police said.

They were taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. None of the boys showed signs of drug exposure.

The older boy gave one of the younger boys a bag of crack and offered him $7 to hold it during school and return it afterward, police said.

The 8-year-old showed the substance to classmates, police said, and two of the younger boys may have licked or ingested it.

Investigators say they also found eight bags of crack in a bathroom on the second floor of the school.

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