Drug charges filed against Pennsylvania teacher

In an incident that reads like a plot summary for an episode of a dramatic television series, a 47-year-old middle school science teacher in Pennsylvania now faces drug charges after allegedly dealing drugs to students out of her home prior to an overnight school trip.

Investigation of the teacher, whom the district has employed since 2008, began earlier this month. While making undercover buys from the teacher’s home, authorities learned that she was planning an overnight field trip with several students in the coming days and filed for a search warrant in order to prevent the excursion. 

Upon serving the search warrant on Tuesday, authorities discovered $7,000 worth of drugs in the teacher’s home, including methamphetamine, Adderall and cocaine. Records show that the teacher faces a preliminary hearing on November 21st and is currently free on a $50,000 bail. She faces a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia as well as two felony counts of drug possession with intent to deliver.

A spokeswoman for the school district that employs the eighth-grade earth science teacher released a statement via email saying that the teacher is on administrative leave pending legal proceedings, refusing to comment further on the grounds that the personnel matter is confidential. According to the teacher’s Facebook page, she also works at New York and Co. as an assistant manager. It is unknown whether New York and Co. has released a statement regarding the status of her employment with them. 

Conviction on drug charges can carry seriously life-changing consequences, particularly for those in professions that involve close contact with minors. Those currently facing drug charges may wish to engage the services of an attorney.