A South Carolina elementary school teacher is accused of having marijuana edibles in her classroom, and one of her students nearly ate the candy.
Victoria Farish Weiss, 27, was charged with possession of a Schedule I drug, according to a warrant for her arrest from the Lexington County Sheriff's Office. Weiss turned herself in on Oct. 15.
“We became involved in this case Sept. 23 after receiving word a Rocky Creek Elementary School student picked a pack of marijuana edibles out of a box full of candy Weiss used to reward students,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a statement.
“Detectives confirmed during interviews that Weiss took the pack of edibles from the student and told him to pick something else from the box. The student went back to the box and happened to grab another pack of edibles. No student ate any of the products.”
Weiss reportedly bought a mixed bag of candy from The Dollar General to give to her students as prizes, according to WIS 10 News.
Officials said one student grabbed “Stoney Patch Kids” gummies believing they were Sour Patch Kids. Weiss reportedly told the student to grab something else, but the child still left with the marijuana edibles, according to the report.
During the execution of a search warrant at Weiss’ house the next day, investigators found packs of edibles similar to those the student picked from the box in Weiss’ classroom, according to Koon.
“Marijuana edibles are cannabis-based food products. They come in many forms, but the items in this case were candy,” Koon said in a statement.
“They’re often packaged in wrappers and bags with logos and colors that look similar to traditional candy brands. While they are available in other states and online, they’re illegal in South Carolina.”
Weiss is no longer employed with the district as of October 13, according WACH News.
“The safety of our students is our top priority,” Lexington School District One Superintendent Dr. Greg Little said in a statement.
“It is unacceptable for a staff member to potentially threaten the wellbeing of a child. We will continue to work to ensure all of our children have a safe environment to learn and grow. Rocky Creek Elementary has a sterling reputation which will not be tarnished by the actions of one person.”