Pauline Bilinski-Munion of Woodland Avenue was arrested after investigators say her 7-year-old grandson brought heroin to his first-grade class in Caln Elementary School in Thorndale, Pennsylvania.
According to the police report, the 7-year-old boy carried a bag of heroin to school, at which point he told another student about the drugs. The teacher overheard the discussion and confronted the unnamed 7-year-old about the heroin. The boy initially told his teacher that he had found the heroin on school grounds during recess. Later, however, he admitted to bringing the heroin from his grandma’s home.
So, what did the school do upon discovering the student’s heroin? Did they call 911? Did they contact the District Attorney’s office? Did they call Poison Control? No, they didn’t do any of these, but instead they sent out a reverse emergency call to the parents, notifying them of the discovery.
The emergency reverse call prompted parents to remain conscious of their childrens’ activity. One parent discovered an empty heroin bag in her son’s shorts. When confronted about the bag, the boy told her that Bilinski-Munion’s grandson had given it to him.
The school’s lack of response to the incident caused a backlash by Chester County DA Tom Hogan, as he noted that heroin can easily kill a first grader. Hogan also said that school officials should have called 911 immediately after discovering the drug in the possession of a student.
The Coatesville Area School District released the following statement regarding the incident:
“Caln Elementary School administrators contacted the Coatesville Area School District Police Department within minutes of discovering an unknown substance within the possession of one of its students. Pursuant to memoranda of understanding with local law-enforcement pertaining to notification of certain incidents, including drug possession, the Coatesville Area School District Police Department immediately contacted Caln Twp, Coatesville City and South Coatesville police departments. Coatesville City and South Coatesville police rendered investigative assistance to Coatesville Area School District police throughout the day and into the weekend. CASD and it’s police department will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and county investigators.”
Investigators soon discovered that Pauline Bilinski-Munion, the boy’s grandmother, was a known drug user. A search warrant was issued for Bilinski-Munion’s apartment, and investigators discovered several other heroin bags, some of which were full and others were empty. Bilinski-Munion is currently being held in the Chester County jail on $25,000 bond.