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Teacher faces felonies for having drugs on school property

For a number of years, most high schools in New Hampshire and across the country have had a zero tolerance policy for drugs in schools. While this is intended to impress upon students the seriousness of drug and alcohol use, such lessons may also extend to the faculty and staff. A local high school teacher may be facing numerous felonies stemming from reports that she was using drugs on campus.

Concerned staff members suspected the special education teacher was abusing drugs. After several on the faculty claimed to see a pill grinder, a bag of white powder and a cut off straw in the teacher's possession on school property, they contacted the police. Police came to the school to interview the teacher, and she apparently agreed to let them search her car and purse. However, while she was leading officers to her car, she allegedly texted someone to remove her purse from her classroom.

Using interviews, surveillance video and the teacher's phone records, investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant. The woman turned herself in to police and was charged with felony falsifying physical evidence. She was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at a later date. The investigation is continuing, and further charges may be filed.

This New Hampshire woman may be facing serious penalties for attempting to hide or destroy evidence. If convicted of this or additional felonies, she may be sentenced to jail time, and possibly be unable to work in the school systems. Her attorney will likely mount a strong defense by challenging the warrants acquired to search the woman's phone records. The lawyer may also question the reliability of the witnesses. She will benefit from having legal assistance to protect her rights and fight for the best possible outcome.

Source: newhampshire.com, "Keene High School teacher arrested following drug investigation", Meghan Pierce, Oct. 12, 2016

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