An American high school teacher was arrested after students made a video of her snorting lines of cocaine in the classroom according to a recent report:
Prosecutors filed charges against an Indiana high school teacher on Monday after students secretly filmed her allegedly snorting a white powder in between classes and told the school’s administrators, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Lake County prosecutor’s office charged Samantha Cox, 24, of Cedar Lake, Ind., with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia, the newspaper reported.
The events unfolded last Wednesday morning, when students at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind., saw Cox through a door window sitting in an empty classroom and behaving strangely.
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“She’s in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines,” junior Will Rogers told WGN.
Rogers pulled out his cellphone and began filming her through the glass pane in the door. That video, which he later posted to YouTube, is fairly grainy.
“What is she doing?” a student asked on the video. Rogers didn’t know himself, until he watched the video he just shot.
“When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine,” Rogers told WGN.
The students told school administrators, who alerted St. John police on Nov. 22 at around 11:30 a.m., according to a police statement on Facebook. They searched the school with Igar, a K-9 that signaled drugs were potentially in Cox’s desk.
Police found “a clear tightly twisted bag with multiple small rolled up pieces of tin foil” and “a rolled up small piece of paper” that can be “used to ingest illegal narcotics through one’s nostril,” according to court records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Police arrested Cox and escorted her from the school in handcuffs. They then searched her car, finding a glass pipe, more tin foil, torn plastic baggies and two more straws made from paper, according to court records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Cox told police she had been using drugs since her freshman year of college and had purchased $160 of “dope cocaine” that morning, adding that she normally purchased drugs after school but was feeling sick, CBS reported.
Police said she admitted to locking the door to her empty classroom and consuming the drugs around 10:20 a.m., during a break between classes, according to CBS.
She was booked into the Lake County Jail on Wednesday, police said in a statement. She has since posted bond, according to the Chicago Tribune. It is unclear if she has a lawyer or has entered a plea.
Both the school administration and police “want to recognize and praise the student witnesses that brought this information” to their attention, police said in a statement on Facebook. “Their actions showed a tremendous amount of fortitude and integrity …”
Cox began teaching at Lake Central High School in 2016, after graduating from Purdue University Northwest, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. (source)