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Roseville teacher arrested on drug charges

Drug abuse can have many unintended consequences, but perhaps most troubling of all is the potential for damage it can cause in a young person's life. As a result, law enforcement officials will usually pay special attention to preventing attempts to sell drugs or use drugs on school property. Enforcement efforts often include cooperating with school officials and teachers in identifying potential problem areas to focus on. For one teacher at Oakmont High School in Roseville, however, she became the focus of a drug investigation herself.

According to the reports, the teacher, a 39-year-old Roseville resident, was recently arrested on drug charges when it was alleged that she had obtained certain prescription drugs with the help of a student. The prescription drugs in question were reportedly narcotic drugs.

The teacher was being held in the Placer County Jail, and initial reports did not indicate whether or not she had posted bail. No bail amount was reported either, although in cases like this the amount may be significantly higher than it would be for someone arrested for prescription drug charges under other circumstances. People who are in a position of public trust, like a teacher is, are usually held to a higher standard and may be treated differently in the criminal justice system as a result.

The good news is that the school where this teacher works did not immediately jump to conclusions after the arrest took place. The teacher was placed on administrative leave until the case is resolved, which is fortunate for her since many employers opt to fire an employee immediately upon an arrest without respect for the standard of "innocent until proven guilty."

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Teacher at Oakmont High School in Roseville arrested on suspicion of getting pills from student," Bill Lindelof, Oct. 3, 2013

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