Police in Kyoto on Wednesday arrested the 17-year-old brother of a 12-year-old boy who admitted to a teacher that he had smoked marijuana.
According to the Kyoto Municipal Board of Education, the school had a disciplinary session with three students who were caught smoking tobacco at the beginning of October, Fuji TV reported. One of them - the 12-year-old boy -- was found with a few cigarettes in his rucksack on Oct 14. The boy then confessed to his teacher that he had smoked marijuana as well in the past, although none was found on him or in his bag.
Police said they questioned the boy over where and when he obtained the marijuana and how he used it, and the boy told them he found the marijuana on a book shelf in his brother's room at home. He said he had smoked marijuana four times since September.
The boys' father said he was unaware his sons were smoking pot.
Police searched the brother's room on Wednesday and found marijuana. The brother faces a charge of violating the Cannabis Control Act. The 12-year-old boy is still attending school.
The school principal told local media: "This incident left me speechless." He also said schools needed to thoroughly teach children how dangerous drug use can be.© Japan Today