A video shared on social media shows the teacher alone in a classroom hunched over a book on her lap as students wait outside for class to start. They arrested 24-year-old Samantha Cox on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.
- A northwest IN high school teacher was arrested Wednesday after video posted to social media reportedly showed her taking drugs.
Another cellphone video appears to show Cox in handcuffs, being escorted out of the high school.
Student John Rogers says he recorded cell video of Cox, his English teacher, snorting what police say may have been a mixture of cocaine and heroin.
Another student, Michael Sanchez, says: "It is like a serious thing".
In a statement, St. John Chief James Kveton said the students showed "a tremendous amount of fortitude and integrity" by going directly to the principal. "We love our school a lot".
Students reported the incident to school administrators, who notified police about 11:30 a.m., according to a St. John Police Department news release. "And for something like this to happen, it's just, it's very unusual".
The video prompted police to launch an investigation.
School officials sent a robocall from the superintendent to parents and said there had been a situation with a teacher, and that "swift and forceful action" had been taken.
The investigation is ongoing.