Teacher Indicted on Drug Trafficking

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

An eastern Kentucky teacher is suspended accused of selling drugs.

Police had a warrant the teacher's arrest, but the Knox County man turned himself in before officers knocked on his door.

School officials are now trying to handle the situation. Police say the arrest of 29-year-old Jeremy Smith was the result of an undercover buy, where they say Smith sold them Oxycontin.

Smith teaches biology at Knox Central High School.

“Once we learned it was an employee. Then we made contact with the employee. Shared with them they'd been suspended with pay,” Knox County Schools Superintendent Walter Hulett said.

Knox County Superintendent Walter Hulett says Smith will remain on paid suspension until he goes to court.

“I would just let parents know that we take any of these claims serious. We're dealing with it as best we can right now with the information that we have,” Hulett said.

Amanda Helton has two children at the high school and has mixed feelings about the arrest.

“Kind of a negative reaction and kind of a positive. I’m thinking it's a positive because, like I said, he did turn himself in. kind of a negative because he was doing that,” Amanda Helton said.

School officials say this comes just one day after they had a meeting about randomly drug testing students and the possibility of randomly drug testing faculty members as well.

“We are discussing actively going forward with the testing of the staff as well,” Knox County Schools Director of Communications David Cole said.

Parents and school officials say a drug-free environment is first priority when it comes to the classroom.

“Our first interest is our students and the type of role model that teachers are you know for our young people,” Hulett said.

That's why Hulett says until they know all the facts, smith will not be allowed at the school while students are present. We were unable to contact Jeremy Smith Tuesday but we did talk to a family member, who did not want to comment. Smith posted bond before he spent any time in jail.

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