Two more teachers have been suspended from Hickory Creek Elementary amid the ongoing drug scandal that led to the arrest of a fifth-grade teacher last week after he allegedly bought drugs from an undercover officer in the school parking lot.
The teachers, identified as PE teacher Jordan Underhill, an employee of three years, and math interventionist Lisa Miller, an employee of 13 years, have been suspended indefinitely without pay by the school system following the arrest last week of fifth-grade teacher Jason Moore, who has also been suspended indefinitely.
According to Director of Schools Bobby Cox, the two were suspended in connection with last Thursday’s incident, although neither have been hit with criminal charges.
Moore, their co-worker, was taken into custody in front of students last week shortly after he allegedly bought $225 worth of Percocet from an undercover officer in the school parking lot. Sheriff’s chief investigator Marc Martin said there will likely be more teacher arrests at Hickory Creek as the probe continues. He said the six-month investigation came after lawmen received numerous complaints about drugs being bought, sold and used at the elementary school.
Cox said all three teachers will remain on unpaid suspension until the Sheriff’s Department investigation is finalized.
“If they are exonerated, then they will be returned to their duties and given back pay,” said Cox, noting should they not be exonerated they may be looking at further disciplinary action, up to termination.
In the meantime, Moore appeared for arraignment Tuesday before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of possession of drugs in a school zone.