Teacher arrested; illegal drugs found in her classroom

May 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

*published May 25, 2010
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

A Fairview Elementary School teacher resigned and was arrested last Friday after bringing illegal prescription drugs to school, authorities said.

Kelly McMichael Fontenot, 38, of Ragley, was charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule IV drug, one count of possession of Schedule III drug, having drugs near a school, and obtaining a Legend drug by fraud.

Charlene Chiasson, Calcasieu Parish school system spokeswoman said Fairview Principal Lorette Bass “noticed some suspicious activity and contacted the superintendent.”

Chiasson said Bass was told to follow up on her suspicions, and Fontenot was given the option to resign.

Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Fontenot had several hydroco–done and Soma pill bottles in her purse but had no prescriptions for the drugs.

Deputies found more prescription pills in a container under her classroom desk, Myers said.

“We don’t do random drug testing. It’s only when teachers are entering the system,” Chiasson said. “But when officials suspect strange behavior, we want them to look into it as they feel the need.”

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