Teacher arrested at high school after being filmed snorting cocaine in a classroom
Though schools are supposed to be safe places for children to learn and socialize, they can often become a hub for inappropriate or even criminal activity. Violence, abuse, and drug use are all common occurrences in a worrying number of educational facilities - but it's usually the students who are the ones stepping out of line.
That being said, there have been countless of incidents of teachers engaging in illegal activity, too.
Most recently, a high school English teacher at Lake Central High School in Indiana was arrested at work after her students filmed her snorting a white substance.
24-year-old Samantha Cox was led off the premises in handcuffs when students reported her illegal activity to the police. While many of the pupils at the school were probably shocked to find out that one of their teachers had been using Class A drugs in the presence of teenagers, those who actually caught her in the act were more amazed by her audacity.
"She tried to hide herself. She wasn't at her desk where we could see her," said Will Rogers, the student who captured the incident at 10:30 am on Wednesday. "She was all the way in the corner where she thought we can't see her ... I watched the footage again and again and then realized that my English teacher just did cocaine."
"You're told, as a child, to listen and respect [teachers] - but it's kinda hard to respect someone who does cocaine in a classroom," said Anthony Rios.
Others, meanwhile, were saddened by the incident.
"It is like a serious thing," said another student, Michael Sanchez. "A lot of people can get addicted to a lot of things, and something like this is, it's very heart-breaking."
The video footage, which was quickly spread amongst the 3400 students at the high school, depicts Cox hiding herself in the corner of an empty classroom just as Rogers reported. She can be seen spreading a white substance over a book and cutting it into lines, before turning away and apparently consuming it.
Parents of pupils at the school received a call to say there had been a "situation regarding a teacher at Lake Central High School", but that "swift and forceful action was taken". At first, many parents were concerned at what the "situation" might have been, but were grateful to have been informed once more details came to light.
St. John Chief James Kveton, one of the law enforcement officers involved in the incident, released a statement saying that the students who reported Cox showed "a tremendous amount of fortitude and integrity" by going straight to the principal about what they'd seen.
Cox was described by many as a "popular English teacher", and was only in her second year at the school.
She now faces two criminal drug charges: felony drug possession and misdemeanor paraphernalia charges. However, she was released from jail on the same day as her arrest after posting her $1000 bail. It is not yet known when the disgraced teacher is next due in court.