Capsules that may contain opiates found at Anne Arundel Co. school

Monarch Academy students found bag Friday

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WMAR) - Police are investigating after three pills with what could have heroin inside were found at an Anne Arundel County school.

School administrators told ABC2 that the drugs were not brought to school by a student or staff member.

Police in Anne Arundel County are working to figure out if capsules found at Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie had opiates inside. They were found on Friday. Although alarmed, parents say the school acted quickly. 

"This happened before school was released I believe they notified us to it, I thought it was a quick turnaround," said parent, Alicia Smith.

Monarch Academy's principal sent a letter home with students Friday and also emailed parents about the capsules.

"It can happen anywhere but entrusting the teachers, the staff here is just a part of being a parent and when they communicate with you effectively and right away it makes you feel more comfortable," said Smith.

Children were playing behind the school which is near an industrial area; that's when they found the bag.

"The students immediately found the adult that's supervising them and that adult gets the bag and gives it to the administration and they contact police from there," Bob Mosier, with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, told ABC2.

Police think those capsules were likely opiates.  School administrators say their students did everything right.

"These students knew what to do, these adults knew what to do, and that's the payoff for all that time with those lessons," said Mosier.

Parents used this incident as an opportunity to have a conversation about drugs. 

"We talk to our daughters that if they find anything that's unusual that they should report it to an adult right away," parent, Jennifer Kellington, said.

No students were injured and the capsules have been sent to a lab for analysis. The school is cooperating with the investigation.  

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