HESPERIA Four elementary schoolers were caught eating marijuana at school Thursday.


The fourth graders, students at Lime Street Elementary School, were spotted by fellow students sharing the drugs.


"Staff jumped on it immediately; they contacted police," Hesperia Unified Superintendent Mark McKinney said Friday. "Parents were brought in; the kids have been dealt with."


Parents were notified that afternoon about the incident through a recorded phone.


"It was shocking to find this out," said Robin Alvarado, 25, of Hesperia, whose son attends the school. "I had to have a full-out drug talk with my kindergartener. I never thought I would have to have that talk with him at this age."


The marijuana apparently came from two separate sources: an uncle of one child and an older sibling, who attends Sultana High School.


"I think they found it," said McKinney. "I don't think it was handed to them."


The incident comes in the same week as an Oak Hills High School student was hospitalized after she ate a pot brownie.


"I don't know what got in their heads to eat it," McKinney said.


Alvarado and another mother, Jennifer Parks, said they've had to instruct their children not to take or eat anything given to them by any other students.


"It's really sad that it has to come to this," Parks said. "Valentine's Day is coming and the kids are supposed to have treats. I know they're only supposed to be store-bought, but now I'm going to be nervous."


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