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Elementary School Teacher Arrested for Selling Drugs

The picture on the Arizona State Troopers website shows the mock arrest of someone in front of a group of elementary school children. It’s part of a report about the GREAT program and graduates at Havasupai Elementary School. But the mock arrest was real recently, when a teacher at the same school was arrested for selling drugs to an undercover officer.

The dishwater blond in the promo photo is smiling. The cops are smiling, and the kids are smiling. It’s all in good fun. The GREAT program (Gang Resistance Education And Training) is meant to give children information about choices – one of which is not to become involved with drugs.

In Arizona, we have strong laws against selling drugs on school property. Reporting in the Daily Miner were careful to say the teacher, Stefanie Courson, is not accused of dealing at the elementary school. Although communications (by text message) happened on school property, no drugs were exchanged there. Had they been, Arizona law adds an extra year of jail after a conviction.

Ms. Courson taught kindergarten at the school, and police say she sold a large quantity of prescription drugs to an undercover officer over the course of several “buys.” The tally cited was: 225 morphine pills, 170 Xanax pills, 35 Vicodin pills and 200 pills of cyclobenzaprine (Flexaril, a muscle relaxant).

No other employees at the school were charged, although a second person was. According to reports, Ms. Courson took the order while working at the school and then went to her supplier’s house to pick up the pills before meeting with the undercover buyer. Her supplier was also arrested.

In hindsight, it’s apparent the kids at Havasupai Elementary need the drug awareness program. And it looks like the teachers could use a similar program as well.


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