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Six Teachers Hire Lawyers After Heroin Found In Elementary School

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Heroin has been found not once, but twice at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School, in Fallsburg, N.Y., according to a report by the Middletown Times Herald-Record. Now seven staffers have obtained lawyers as the investigation into how the drugs and other paraphernalia made it into the elementary school bathroom continues.

No one has yet been charged. The six teachers and one aide who hired lawyers were identified as being in the restroom on Feb. 11 when the drugs were found for the second time. The first time drugs were discovered occurred just before winter break.

Originally all the staff members being investigated cooperated with police and agreed to provide urine samples. But then the teacher’s union stepped in as did the lawyers. They have since declined to do so under the advice of their attorneys, according to Fallsburg Chief of Police Simmie Williams.

“If you got nothing to hide, give me some urine,” Williams said. “Let’s clear the teachers’ names who are taking care of these babies for six or seven hours a day.”

Police used camera footage to identify eight people who used the bathroom, Williams said. One voluntarily gave a urine sample. The others eventually hired lawyers, according to the Times Herald-Record.

The incident has heated up the small-town community, where angry parents gathered seeking answers. The teacher’s union issued a statement in defense of the teachers under investigation.

“We support the removal of any person from the classroom posing a threat to the children in our charge. Our locals, however, also stand united in ensuring our members are treated fairly and that their due-process rights are protected,” the statement said.

Source:  recordonline.com

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com