She was arrested after one student filmed her snorting what she later admitted was cocaine.
Screengrab via Will Rogers / YouTube
In high school, it's not uncommon for teachers to subject their students to new and innovative ways of learning, like showing that cat intestines can be used to jump rope, for instance. But last week, some students witnessed their teacher doing something disturbing when they caught her doing drugs in her classroom during the middle of a school day, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Last Wednesday, junior Will Rogers noticed his English teacher, Samantha Cox, 24, was up to something strange in the corner of her classroom. As teens are wont to do, he pulled out his phone and started filming, recording her through the window of the locked classroom door. The footage shows Cox pushing what looks like white powder into lines on a book, then bending over to snort it off her desk.
"She’s in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines,” Rogers told Chicago's WGN-TV. "When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine."
And because teens today are apparently very anti-drug, a few students who saw what went down told administrators at Lake Central High School, who then called the cops. Police then brought down a drug-sniffing dog to Cox's room and found "a clear tightly twisted bag with multiple small rolled up pieces of tin foil' and "a rolled up small piece of paper," which they said could be "used to ingest illegal narcotics through one’s nostril," the Tribune reports.
The cops arrested Cox and marched her out of the school in handcuffs while at least one student filmed the whole thing on Snapchat. Investigators found a range of other drug paraphernalia in her car, including a glass pipe and two more paper straws, the Tribune reports.
According to CBS Chicago, Cox admitted to bringing coke into the school in an interview with police, telling investigators she'd bought $160 worth of "dope cocaine" from her dealer that morning and snuck it into her empty classroom during a break—minutes before Rogers started filming.
Lake Central schools Superintendent Larry Veracco said he was happy the incident was dealt with swiftly—but that at the end of the day, the whole fiasco is a pretty major bummer.
"She was popular with the students," Veracco told the Northwest Indiana Times. "It's a sad situation. We are happy that we got her removed from the classroom very quickly after being tipped off by a student. But we are also concerned about her welfare, too. She seemed to be a very good teacher."
Cox now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police statement, which adds her to the growing list of teachers caught doing messed-up shit at school.
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