High school English teacher charged after being filmed snorting drugs in classroom: Police

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An English teacher was arrested for allegedly snorting drugs in her classroom. The Chicago Tribune reports that at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to Lake Central High School on 8400 Wicker Avenue in St. John, Indiana about a teacher’s purported drug use on school grounds.

It was reported that a student filmed 24-year-old Samantha Cox, of Cedar Lake, “snorting a line of an illegal substance” in her classroom and immediately alerted the principal.

Officers were called to Lake Central High School and they were escorted to Cox’s classroom on the second floor of the school where a K-9 officer, Igar, rummaged through the teacher’s belongings. The K-9 alerted to police of possible drugs in the center drawer of Cox’s desk, according to an affidavit.

When the principal unlocked the drawer, police officials uncovered “a clear, tightly twisted bag with multiple small rolled up pieces of tin foil. An “outer plastic wrap from a cigarette package with rolled up tin foil pieces, as well as a rolled up small pieces of paper” that “looked like a straw that a detective knows to be used to ingest illegal narcotics through one’s nostril” was also found in Cox’s classroom, police say.

When Cox learned that she was going to be placed under arrest, she handed over her car keys and gave instructions on where her vehicle was parked. Police searched the vehicle and reportedly found a “glass pipe in the glove box, empty pieces of tin foil, torn open plastic baggies and two straws made out of rolled up paper.”

Crime reports show that Cox told police that she purchased $160 worth of drugs that morning. She went on to say that she would usually buy them after school, but she stated that she was “feeling sick and need to get some.”

Cox stated that she had been using drugs since her freshman year of college at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond where she had made the Dean’s List several times.

District records indicated that she was hired as a teacher in August 2016 and had previously worked as a student-teacher there.

The Lake Central High School teacher was charged with possession of cocaine, a felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Cox was booked into the Lake County Jail, but she has since been released after posting a $10,000 bond.

In an email, School Board President Janice Malchow stated:

“We are concerned and saddened by the recent incident, and we have recognized that it is a systemic issue in our country.”

“Lake Central has provided parent information sessions for the past two years; in addition, through various formats, LC has provided our students an awareness of challenges that they might encounter. We believe in open communication about the issue,” she wrote. “It takes a village to battle this ugly demon.

It was not immediately made clear if Cox remains employed at Lake Central High School where she was popular with the students, said Lake Central schools Superintendent Larry Veracco.

He added, “It’s a sad situation. We are happy that we got her removed from the classroom very quickly after being tipped off by a student. But we are also concerned about her welfare, too. She seemed to be a very good teacher.”

[Featured Image: Lake County Sheriff’s Department]

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