Two Virginia teachers were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana Friday, Dec. 1 at their school after the police received an anonymous tip.
Police arrested 25-year-old Luke Lloyd and 28-year-old Michael Diaddigo, both physical education teachers at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington. Both teachers have been suspended from the school. A third teacher is being investigated and has been placed on administrative leave, reported NBC.
According to NBC, a police informant revealed that the teachers regularly smoked marijuana and hashish together in the physical education office. The teachers would smoke before school started and cover the scent using air freshener.
The informant also said Diaddigo distributed marijuana to other teachers on school property, reported the news station.
A letter from the school principal, Harold Pellegreen, was sent to parents on Dec. 1 after the arrests, reported Fox News.
“As educators, we are obviously shocked and dismayed by this news, and our first concern has been for our students. While I can’t share the details about the investigation with you because it is an ongoing personnel and police matter, I want to share how we are rallying to support our children, families, and staff,” Pellegreen said in the letter.
“We believe the investigation is only focused on the adults and does not involve any of their interactions with our children,” he added.
In a similar scenario took place last month in which a teacher was arrested at an Indiana high school after her students recorded her allegedly snorting drugs in the classroom. The 24-year-old English teacher was led out of the school in handcuffs, and faces charges of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Also last month, a Bronx public school teacher was found dead in a school bathroom from an apparent overdose. Next to his body was drug paraphernalia and a glassine envelope with an unknown substance inside.
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