An Indiana high school English teacher was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 22, after a student filmed her allegedly snorting drugs in a classroom.
“She’s in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines,” Will Rogers, a junior at the school who filmed the video through a window of a locked classroom door, told WGN-TV.
The video was taken at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, at about 10:30 a.m.
Rogers said it wasn’t clear what the teacher was doing at first.
“When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine,” Rogers told the station.
Within an hour, the video spread among the students at the school and reached school officials, who called police at around 11:30 a.m.
Officers led Samantha Cox, 24, out of the school in handcuffs. She is facing charges of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Students said Cox, who was in her second year at the school, was quite popular, WGN-TV reported.
Cox is being held at Lake County Jail, pending charges.
“School officials and police want to recognize and praise the student witnesses that brought this information to the attention of the Principal very quickly,” the St. John Police Department said in a statement. “Their actions showed a tremendous amount of fortitude and integrity and enabled staff to address this situation quickly.
The St. John Police Department brought in a drug-sniffing dog from the Dyer Police Department to aid in the investigation, the Dyer Police Department said.
Dyer Police Chief James Kveton said that based on “very preliminary information,” Cox may have been snorting a mixture of cocaine and heroin, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.
School authorities contacted all of the parents via a recorded message from Lake Central Superintendent Larry Veracco letting them know about the incident.
“Earlier today, lake central administration was made aware of a situation regarding a teacher at Lake Central High School. Swift and forceful action was taken,” Veracco said in the recording, according to WGN-TV.
“I’m grateful that they found out when they did and they were quick-acting,” Shannon McGrath, a parent at the school, told WGN-TV.
“You’re told as a child to listen to them, respect them and stuff like that… But it’s kinda hard to respect somebody who does cocaine in a classroom,” Anthony Rios, a junior at the school, told WGN-TV.
Police are still investigating the incident.
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