A high school English teacher from Indiana has been arrested after a student recorded a video of her snorting a powder believed to be a mix of cocaine and heroin in an empty classroom.
Samantha Cox, 24, was allegedly caught snorting a substance on a cellphone camera by a Lake Central High School student, CBS Chicago reports. Student John Rogers said he began taking a video after witnessing the shocking act.
"She tried to hide herself," Rogers told CBS Chicago. "She wasn't at her desk where we could see her. She was all the way in the corner where she thought we can't see her."
Rogers and another student told police what they saw. Soon after, a drug-sniffing dog was in the school and Cox was in handcuffs. She was arrested on Wednesday for drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges.
In a statement, St. John Chief James Kveton said the students showed "a tremendous amount of fortitude and integrity” according to CBS News.
According to the New York Daily News, police said that the powder is believed to be both cocaine and heroin.
Student Michael Sanchzez said, "It is like a serious thing. A lot of people can get addicted to a lot of things, and something like this is, it's very heart-breaking."
It was not immediately clear if Cox had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
In a robocall to parents, Lake Central Superintendent Larry Veracco stated that both police and school staff took “swift and forceful action.”
[Photo: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
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