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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  • by Anonymous Location: manchester on Nov 17, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    I have 4 kids and it is a shame that these drug heads could be teaching my kids.. It's bad when drugs could be right at your kids is school..and they want to make the kids safe..look what is in the school system. i thank when they caught her the first time i don't think they should of let her teach with a drug charge..
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    wander why our kids today have such problems with drugs, look at who they have for role models.
  • by ladybug on Nov 13, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    Somebody dropped the ball again!What we don't need is a crackhead trying to teach our children.This wasn't her first time getting busted. Zero tolerance and random drug testing for all public employees might be the way to go.
  • by KyMom Location: Pikeville on Nov 12, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    I totally agree Judy!!! I don't know what is wrong with the system but when it comes to drugs and certain types of charges against someone they should be more thoroughly investigated before being turned loose with our children!!! I think it should be like trying to be a state police officer... You can't have anything on your record at all, no arrests, no probation, nothing!
  • by Harvey d. Location: bowlingbranch on Nov 11, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    Police cheif said he knew clay co. had a strong no drug policy and he had faith in the people in charge, taking care of it. Next line was it wasn't her first drug bust and that she was on probation for a pryor. Now, wait just a minute. What about that, no drug policy? That cheif, is a good example of what's wrong over in Manchester. People need to find jobs for all the people in clay county public jobs. It's a shame that cheif didn't know any better than to say what he said. O well, thats clay co.for you. Never will be any differnt, too much coruption. Same game just a few, new player's.
  • by Denise Location: Clay County on Nov 11, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    What is wrong with these pople? I mean oh she was not passed out she was just so high that her speech and balance was affect come on people has no tolerance my aunt fanny i have a nerve problem also and if and when i need med's i'm also aware that i can not tolerate children why could this woman have just said no that her health condition would'nt permit her to do that today
  • by dj on Nov 11, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    seems to be a problem in manchester, another teacher from manchester schools was found dead in a london motel of drug overdose a couple of years ago. so much for zero tolerance
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    There's more to go I am sure.
  • by Jackie on Nov 11, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    Maybe this poor sub just needed a little something for her nerves, you know a lot of people in KY draw an SSI check on their nerves.
  • by Jim Location: clay on Nov 11, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    Manchester "city of dope"
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