The School Principal’s Double Life

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

BLOG POST #78: This week I’m sharing my research on a 33-year-old elementary school principal.

The month-and-a-half long investigation began with an anonymous tip about the school principal’s brother.

A search of the brother’s home found heroin and methamphetamine. From that drug bust, law enforcement learned of the school principal’s involvement.

Law enforcement conducted a search at the home the principal shared with his wife and young son. They seized enough heroin to make more than 800 capsules. Methadone was also found. Nothing indicated he sold drugs to school students or staff.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and received a 10-year prison sentence beginning with a 120-day treatment program. With time served in jail, the county prosecutor estimated he would serve 8-to-9 months in prison. He will have a permanent conviction on his record which should prevent him from working with children.

Does this case surprise you? Then you’ll want to read these posts you may have missed:  Teacher in Trouble  Chasing the Dragon

Worth mentioning: The month before the bust, the school principal submitted his resignation. It was unclear if he knew of the pending bust or if he had secured a position in a different school district.

Two months before the bust, the school principal threw his hat in the ring for a vacant city official position in the upcoming election. He said he wanted to see someone in the post that would ensure needs are heard and met. He’d stated his responsibilities at the elementary school would have remained a priority, but his goals as an elected official would have included connecting with the community and representing his constituents to the fullest of his ability.

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