AKRON, Ohio -- It was an 8-year-old's secret.
A piece of car antenna that had been converted into a pipe apparently for smoking crack cocaine was tucked into a pocket of his jacket.
With the pipe were cigarette wrapping papers that could used to make marijuana cigarettes, three black capsules and some marijuana seeds, all items he said he took from his mother's bedroom.
He kept the secret while his mother drove him to Forest Hill Elementary School.
After she dropped him off, he walked into the principal's office about 8:30 a.m. Monday and gave the items to his principal.
" 'Here, this is my mom's,' " Principal James Anderson recalled the boy saying. " 'I don't like it.']"
Mr. Anderson called Summit County Children Services and Akron police.
Narcotics detectives charged the boy's mother, Glenna E. Slaughter, 25, with drug abuse, child endangering and possession of criminal tools.
"It was his way of saying, 'I need help,' " Mr. Anderson said. "We spend a lot of time telling the kids about drugs. He always knew that he could sit down and talk with me."
The boy cried when he said he was tired of seeing his mother do drugs, a Children Services Board official said.
The boy, his 6-year-old brother and two sisters, ages 4 years and 10 months, were placed in custody of Children Services.
The boy, a third-grader, has missed 26 days of school so far this year, a Children Services official said. When detectives asked the boy why he had missed so much school, he told them, "My mommy won't get up."