Police: Elementary teacher was in possession of drugs at work
SCOTT COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – An elementary school teacher, who police said was in possession of drugs at work, is among three people facing charges after a home was searched in Scott County.
Scott County deputies searched the home in the 3100 block of Slab Road on Thursday, according to Indiana State Police. During the search deputies found Opana, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Harold Matthew Kemp, 42, and Zackie White, 31, were inside the home and were taken into custody.
Deputies said during the investigation they learned a third suspect, Laura Nowling, 47, who teaches at Austin Elementary School, was at work and possibly in possession of a control substance.
Officers went to Nowlings work. According to Indiana State Police, deputies located methamphetamine and paraphernalia in her possession.
Nowling was also taken into custody and was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
Kemp was charged with possession of a narcotic substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
White was charged with possession of a controlled substance and visiting a common nuisance.
All three suspects are being lodged in the Scott County Jail awaiting their first court appearance.
ISP said the school fully corporative with the investigation.
Nowling has taught at Austin Elementary School for more than 10 years, according to Scott Co. Schools Superintendent Robert Anderson. On behalf of the school board, Anderson released this statement:
"At this time, we cannot comment on the pending matters concerning a school employee. However, we can comment that we have been and continue to cooperate fully with the Indiana State Police Investigation. Our first and foremost importance is to ensure the safety of our students. We hope a message has been sent to the community that we will not tolerate this type of act in our school system."
Nowling has been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation, according to Anderson.
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