Within the state of Florida, protecting children is a primary responsibility of the adults around them. These adults often include their parents, teachers and even local law enforcement officers. In addition to offering physical protection, adults also protect children from drugs and other substances that could harm them. It is generally assumed that these adults are law abiding citizens who will not face charges of drug possession or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Unfortunately, according to law enforcement officers, one Florida teacher apparently did not view his position as one in which the presence of drugs could be harmful to children. After receiving a tip from an unknown source, police searched his classroom and found capsules with traces of heroin in his desk and in his garbage can. As the search continued, officers claim that they also found drug syringes in his pocket.
The teacher was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities indicate that he had also been arrested in November for drug possession in another Florida county. However, due to the fact that the charges were in a different county, the school was not notified of the arrest. Charges relating to drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia should be taken seriously.
Like all others facing drug possession and paraphernalia charges, this teacher will have to answer before a Florida court. In a case such as this one, if convicted, the accused may face monetary penalties as well as jail time. It is also likely that his employment status will be affected. It is important to keep in mind that at this point, the individual is simply facing these charges; he has not been convicted. Experienced legal counsel will prove invaluable in guiding this individual through the process of answering these charges.
Source: wptv.com, "Port St. Lucie third grade teacher had heroin capsules, syringes in his classroom, police say", Jan. 10, 2017