A 35-year-old male special education teacher of Pinelands Regional High School was arrested on drug charges at his home last month, after police received a call that the man was having a seizure. When police arrived at the scene, the man was sweating and shaking while lying on a bed.

Police discovered several pills and three straws on a dresser. Law enforcement authorities allege that an analysis of seven of the oval pills concluded they were prescription-grade hydrocodone. The other five pills could not be identified. The special education teacher was accused of possessing prescription hydrocodone illegally, charged with possessing drugs and paraphernalia.

Less than two months later, last Friday, the vice president of Pinelands Regional High School was also arrested for possessing Roxicet (Oxycodone Hydrochloride) on school property. Police from Little Egg Harbor Township allege that a 31-year-old man unaffiliated with the school provided the pills to the suspect while on school grounds, which is a felony charge.

The vice president has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance on school property. The suspect’s alleged drug dealer has been charged with three crimes: Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance on school property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession with intent to distribute on school property.

Pinelands Regional School District is home to about 1,800 children enrolled in the district’s middle and high schools. School officials made comments sparingly about the arrest of their accused vice principal, stating that “any comments, or lack thereof” means the district is obeying the law and protecting taxpayer interests.

Source: Press of Atlantic City “Pinelands Regional educators’ arrests raise concerns about student perceptions,” Donna Weaver, Oct. 21, 2011