CROWN POINT, Ind.
(AP) - A high school teacher in northwestern Indiana has been charged with
cocaine possession after students allegedly saw her with drugs in her
Samantha Cox, 24,
was formally charged Monday with the felony along with a misdemeanor
possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Lake County court records.
Cox was arrested Wednesday and later posted a $945 bond.
reported officers were called to Lake Central High School in St. John last
week after students told their principal they saw the English teacher with
drugs. One student had video of “what appeared to be a teacher ‘snorting’ a
line of an illegal substance,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Cox told police she’d purchased $160 worth of cocaine before arriving at the
school. Cox told police she brought the drugs inside the school because she
was unable to ingest them before school started, according to the affidavit.
“Ms. Cox advised
she normally purchases her (drugs) after school but was feeling sick and
needed to get some,” court records state.
Police later found
“a clear tightly twisted bag with multiple small rolled up pieces of tin
foil” in the teacher’s desk, according to the affidavit. They also found
items in her vehicle, including a glass pipe in the glove box, empty pieces
of tin foil and torn open plastic baggies, court records show.
Superintendent Larry Veracco said principals took “swift and forceful
action.” He declined to say whether Cox was still employed, saying it was
part of an ongoing investigation.
Cox was hired by
Lake Central in August 2016, district records show. The Associate Press
could not find a publicly-listed phone number for Cox to seek comment from
“We are concerned
and saddened by the recent incident, and we have recognized that it is a
systemic issue in our country,” School Board President Janice Malchow said
in an email.