"Police: Teacher Snorts Drugs In Front Of Kids
Woman Allegedly Admits Using Cocaine In Class
POSTED: 10:13 am EST February 11, 2007
LEWISTON, N.Y. – Police said a substitute teacher accused of snorting cocaine in front of her fourth-grade pupils will face charges that could send her to jail for up to three years.
Lewiston-Porter School District substitute Joan M. Donatelli, 59, has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Pupils said they saw her use the cap of a pen to scoop the contents of a small plastic bag and place it to her nose on Feb. 1.
Donatelli is a retired first-grade teacher with the district.
Don Rappold, Interim Superintendent of Lewiston-Porter Central Schools reportedly sent the following letter home to parents Feb. 2:
On Thursday, February 1, 2007, it was reported that a substitute teacher in your child’s classroom may have a substance abuse problem. This letter is to inform you that the Lewiston-Porter School District responded to the report by advising the police. The matter is now under investigation, and the District is fully cooperating with the authorities. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the substitute teacher has been prohibited from being on our campus."
The Buffalo News reported that when Sgt. Frank J. Previte of the Lewiston Police Department went to Donatelli’s house the evening after the alleged drug use, she admitted snorting the drugs in the classroom. The paper reported that she said she disposed of the drugs in the school restroom after being interviewed by Don W. Rappold, the interim superintendent of schools, about the alleged drug use in class.
The paper reported that Donatelli gave police the plastic bag and two pen caps, which tested positive for cocaine.
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Low pay means the profession is being taken over by people who should actually be lucky to work at McDonalds.