NEWHAVEN, England – A 10-year-old girl in southeast England tried cocaine after her friend found a stash of drugs in an empty Pringles can at a playground.
The youngsters brought the drugs to Southdown Junior School in Newhaven last year and informed a teaching assistant, according to British media reports Sunday.
The drugs were then traced to 31-year-old Jamie Bartholomew, The Brighton and Hove Argus reported. Police found more drugs when they raided his home.
He was handed a suspended sentence at Hove Crown Court, with Judge Michael Lawson telling him, "You have done a terrible thing."
Bartholomew was given a 12-week suspended sentence, placed under curfew and ordered to carry out unpaid community work.
Christine Terry, executive headteacher of Southdown Juniors, said no children were harmed despite the 10-year-old tasting the cocaine.
"This sort of thing could happen in any school. The most important thing is what you do about it," she said.