December 18, 2008
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A Clay County father said he wants answers after his daughter and two other kids at her elementary school were accused of selling drugs and facing possible punishment all over some Vitamin C drops.
Nine-year-old Khalin Rivenbark’s father said hs was accused of selling drugs after giving out cough drops to fellow students at school.
The 9-year-old girl told Channel 4 that she thinks of things like cigarettes as drugs, and she was confused when her teacher told her Halls are also considered a drug.
Fourth-grade student Khalin Rivenbark said her teacher accused of her selling drugs in school.
“She saw me with the cough drops out and I guess she saw me give it to one of my friends, and then like, ‘Oh, I see this good business going on around you,’” Khalin said. “She said, ‘You’re selling drugs.’ (I said) ‘No I’m not.’”
The drugs the girl allegedly had were the Halls Defense Vitamin C cough drops, which her father had put in her backpack weeks ago to take to school when the child was getting over a cold.
“It’s absolutely crazy,” said Khalin’s father.
Khalin said two of her friends at school asked her for cough drops and she gave them out, but the friends, she said, insisted on giving her a dollar in exchange for the drops.
“She felt guilty taking the cough drop or whatever, so she gave me a dollar. I didn’t want to accept it, but she had me take it,” Khalin said.