Teacher in Trouble

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

BLOG POST #66: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving drugs at school.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website provides excellent resources to help parents and employers understand and identify drug users. Here’s the link to a good resource, “Get It Straight! The Facts about Drugs – Student Guide”: Get it Straight

It’s one thing to combat teen drug use in schools, but when the drug user is a teacher it’s so unexpected and disappointing.

This particular teacher fell and fell hard. The teacher’s attorney was quoted to have said, “This is what happens to anybody who lets their guard down and lets drugs into their life.”

This is what happens to anybody who lets their guard down and lets drugs into their life,” stated the defense attorney.

Teaching for fourteen years, he’d taught English, Special Education, coached Basketball and Volleyball.

Toward the end of his career, he showed signs he was in trouble. He had difficulty arriving to work on time. He left early. He’d fall asleep in class.

After his home was searched and drugs were found he was placed on administrative leave, never to return to teaching.

As a result of the home search, law enforcement officers found methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, mushrooms, and marijuana.

After his initial arrest, he was arrested a few more times, for drugs and for assault. The assault conviction was for attempting to run a woman down with his vehicle.

The multiple sentences he was given for the five felony convictions resulted in a sentence of three years in prison.

As a supervisor, I once dealt with an employee who was in a position that required random drug testing. She failed a drug test. She was sent to a live-in treatment program at the employer’s expense. She returned to work and returned to her bad habit. She used someone else’s urine on a drug test which resulted in a failed test… Anyway, you get it. She went the way of drugs. It was very sad.

If you found this research interesting, you’ll want to also read: Chasing the Dragon

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