It was a stunning development when a local teacher was arrested at Hickory Creek Elementary last week and charged with buying over $200 in drugs in the school parking lot.
Perhaps the biggest chop to the throat was this reportedly happened during school hours with children just a hop, skip and a jump away.
It's not exactly the type of activity I would expect during a normal school day. But perhaps it was a normal day at Hickory Creek as law enforcement officials say the school had been on their radar for six months and more than one teacher is under suspicion.
Said Sheriff's Department chief investigator Marc Martin in a story we published last Friday, “There could be more arrests of teachers at Hickory Creek."
Teachers making drug deals in the school parking lot is not the best way to promote a positive learning environment, but it should be stressed the actions of one or two are not indicative of the entire school.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have a wife who teaches at Hickory Creek. I also have two sons who went there from kindergarten to fifth grade so the school is special to my family.
I can say Hickory Creek has many devoted educators who are committed to teaching our children. And there are some who, well, might not share that same level of dedication.
I think Director of Schools Bobby Cox makes an accurate statement when he says our school system is just like any other segment of society. There are high achievers looking to excel. There are ordinary folks who will do the minimum and nothing more. And there are troublemakers. This is true with any profession.
The underlying message, when it comes to a teacher allegedly buying drugs at school, is it presents a picture of where we are as a society. I heard it said on Wednesday, "Teachers sure weren't buying drugs when I was in school."
That's true, but change has body slammed the nation on its face. In the more than two decades since I was in high school, we've gone from rotary dial phones to a day when everyone carries a phone in their pocket.
Back when I was in high school, I didn't worry about people getting murdered just so someone could post a horrifying video on Facebook Live.
Back when I was in school, I didn't worry about a gunman opening fire on me during a shopping trip to buy sneakers at the mall.
Back when I was in school, I didn't think of teachers becoming involved with their students, snatching them, and fleeing to California.
When you think about everything that's happening in our nation, a teacher buying pills in the parking lot fits right in with the current tone.
I think our school system is a fairly accurate snapshot of our community. We have a student who scores a perfect 36 on his ACT. We also have students with no interest of attending class. We have all shapes and sizes.
A teacher taking part in a parking lot drug deal during school hours is alarming news. But it seems to fit with all the other mayhem that's engulfing America.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.