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Parent of the Week: Father Leaves Pot in Son’s Elmo Backpack

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Parent of the Week: Father Leaves Pot in Son’s Elmo Backpack

Talk about parenting ethics going to pot:  A father from my home state, Pennsylvania, was arrested for hiding several ounces of marijuana in the Elmo backpack his son took to kindergarten.

*Sigh*  Whatever happened to the more innocent days of parents keeping their pot stash in a sock drawer or empty coffee can?

State police say that Ronald Washington called the school and asked if his son had arrived because he needed to retrieve something from the boy’s backpack.  This apparently made school officials suspicious because they searched the bag and discovered two plastic bags containing 3.7 ounces of what they believed to be marijuana.  Probably right next to the kid’s alphabet flashcards.

That just ain’t right.

Ronny Boy was arrested when he arrived at the school and charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and disorderly conduct. The report said Ron told troopers he had done “something dumb.”  The judge seemed to agree with that assessment because bail was set at $100,000 — which Ron was unable to make, so he is being held in jail.

No word on whether the incident has inspired Sesame Street to create another fun toy:  Nickel (Bag) Me Elmo.

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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