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Boy brings mom's crack pipe, crystal meth for show-and-tell

The kindergarten student, age 5, was prevented from sharing his mother's drug paraphernalia with classmates by an alert teacher.
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Crystal meth confiscated during a police raid. A kindergarten student in rural Missouri brought a bag of crystal meth and a crack pipe to school for show-and-tell. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

An excited kindergarten student in rural Missouri brought in a few special things he found at home for class show-and-tell: his mom's baggies of crystal meth and crack pipe.

But the boy, age 5, was prevented from sharing his "treasures" with classmates by an alert teacher, Reuters reports.

A teacher saw the crack pipe and baggies of drugs, and police were called before the student had a chance to participate in show-and-tell.

The elementary school is located in rural Sweet Springs, Missouri, a town of 1,500 residents located about 66 miles east of Kansas City on the Blackwater River, Reuters says.

"That was a first for show-and-tell in this town," Police Chief Richard Downing told Reuters.

The boy's mother, Michelle Cheatham, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment. She is currently out on bail, and the boy is being cared for by relatives, KCTV-5 reports.

Police said the drugs were worth about $3,700, the Associated Press reports.

"He was very excited when he got to school," Superintendent Donna Wright told the news agency. "But I don't think he knew what he had."

‘When I called the prosecutor about it, they said, "You're kidding me, aren't you?"' the rural town's police chief told the Daily Mail.

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