Substitute Teacher Is Arrested On The Job

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A Clay County substitute teacher is arrested on the job.

Police say she was high on drugs.

The alleged incident happened October 30th.

Police say 30 year-old Melissa Morris was called to the Manchester Elementary School principals office around 9:00am that morning to answer a complaint that she was teaching under the influence.

Manchester Police Chief Jeff Culver says one of his officers and school officials confronted Morris in the principal’s office that morning about her demeanor.

“She was conscience, just impaired, slurred speech, poor balance, but she was not passed out,” Chief Culver said.

Morris was arrested at school and taken to jail.

Police say Morris told them she had taken some prescription pills.

“The officer advised me that the substitute teacher admitted in taking some form of generic xanax,” Chief Culver said.

On May 1st Police say Morris was arrested for illegally possessing a controlled substance, but that did not happen at any school and the 30 year-old was put on probation.

School board officials did not want to talk on camera but tell us they hope the matter is resolved soon.

“I was always told and believed that the Clay County Board of Education has a zero drug tolerance policy and I feel confident that this policy will be enforced,” Chief Culver said.

One day after her arrest, Morris got out of jail after posting bond.

We talked to several people in Manchester about the substitute teacher's arrest.

No one wanted to go on camera, but they were all disappointed something like this could happen.

Morris is due in court on November 17th.

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