Gaston County NC teacher used her own students to distribute and sell prescription drugs www.privateofficer.com
GASTONIA, NC April 1 2012- A Gaston County teacher was fired from her job after police say she used her own students to distribute and sell prescription drugs.
Meredith Burris Pruitt, 31, of Gastonia, is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Sell or Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Promoting Drug Sales by a Minor, Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School, Hire or use a Minor to Commit a Controlled Substance Offense, Conspiracy to Sell or Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, according to the news release from Gaston County Police.
The administration of Forestview High School notified Gaston Police on Thursday that school resource Officer J.K. Shaw that a teacher had possibly provided pills to a 15-year-old student while on the school campus that morning.
During the investigation that immediately followed it was determined that the teacher had in fact provided the student with four Clonazepam pills, which are listed as a Schedule IV controlled substance in the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act.
The investigation also revealed that the student who received the pills then sold them to other students and then gave part of the proceeds of the sales to the teacher. These students who received or purchased these pills have all been identified as well.
Pruitt was released on a $15,000 bond.