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Assistant Principal Accused Of Breaking Into Student's Home

Police say Amy Buchanan, 47, was looking for prescription pills.

By Jill Sederstrom

Most students fear being sent to the principal's office, but on Saturday it was the assistant principal that was in hot water - with the police.

Amy Buchanan, the assistant principal at Smith Middle School in Troy, Michigan, was arrested and charged with second-degree home invasion after police say she broke into the home of a student.

Police said Buchanan, 47, had allegedly been looking for prescription pills during the break-in, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The assistant principal is being accused of reportedly driving a student to the home earlier in the day, then returning to the home later on Friday to break in.

The home owner had a security system installed and received an alert from the security company at about 4:30 p.m. after security cameras picked up suspicious movement, WXYZ, a Detroit news station, reported.

When the homeowner checked the security footage, they recognized the intruder as the assistant principal at the middle school.

Police later arrested Buchanan, who they say stole about $40 from a purse at the home.

Buchanan was arraigned on Saturday and given a $500 bond, according to the Detroit Free Press. The assistant principal has been placed on administrative leave by the school district.

The district released a statement saying they were cooperating with police but had no direct information about the case.

"We understand that this news may be very difficult for some students and staff at Smith Middle School as classes begin on Tuesday," the statement said, according to WXYZ. "Appropriate resources and support will be made available to anyone who needs them." 

[Photo: Troy Police]

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