Heroin found in Anderson elementary school
Police and parents in Anderson say they are worried after heroin was discovered in a hallway inside an elementary school this week.
For Reverend Steve Gettinger, what was discovered at the school across the street from his home and church has him very concerned.
"It hasn't come this close before. It really bothers me that they could pick it up and find it," Gettinger said.
A teacher found heroin in a hallway Wednesday morning inside Erskine Elementary, right near the district's youngest children.
"Something's gone wrong if kids can get that close to heroin," Gettinger said.
"This is not something we expect to find in any of our schools, let alone an elementary school," said Detective Joel Sandefur, Anderson Police.
Police credit the teacher for finding the drug and reporting it, especially since to kids, it may have looked like a toy. It was packaged in a small balloon.
"That's something you'd expect to find in an elementary school - balloons, crayons, scissors and things like that," Sandefur said.
"It's part of the camouflage to be able to hid it from others, but it makes it more risky for kids," Gettinger added.
Police say after the heroin discovery, they secured the children, brought in drug dogs and searched the school. No more heroin was found, but it's still not clear where the heroin came from Wednesday morning.
Police called on the drug task force to investigate and are reviewing surveillance video from inside the school.
"[Video shows] A group of students in that area and then the drug is found and that's where we're at right now," Sandefur explained.
Just like many Indiana communities, investigators say heroin use is on the rise in Anderson.
But police and parents say to have the drug discovered near five- and six-year-olds is unsettling.
"I'm concerned not only for my own kids, but for all the kids," Gettinger said.
It's also sparked a call for discussions about drug dangers at even earlier ages. That's something Reverend Gettinger now plans to do in his Sunday sermon.
Investigators are asking for the public's help too, in finding out where the heroin came from before it ended up inside Erskine Elementary.
If you have information, call Anderson Police at (765) 648-6700.
Eyewitness News contacted Anderson Community Schools, who told us they have no comment on the drug discovery.