Police say a Georgia teacher and cheerleading coach resigned yesterday after her arrest on charges of bringing heroin into Northwest Whitfield High School, where she worked.
Raquel Eleana Spencer, 29, had reportedly been acting bizarrely at school and that’s when administrators discovered she was carrying heroin, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
Students and staff noticed Spencer acting erratically before telling school officials, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The teacher reportedly gave school officials consent to a search, and the drug was found on her.
“Since the safety of our students and staff is a top priority in our schools, the [school resource officer] asked the teacher if she would consent to a search. The teacher consented to the search. The officer found an illegal substance which led to her arrest,” Whitfield County Schools spokesman Eric Beavers told the Daily Citizen.
Spencer was charged with heroin possession and booked into the Whitfield County Jail, according to the Journal-Constitution. She was also believed to have been under the influence of narcotics when she was arrested, according to Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood.
Today (Thursday, April 26, 2018), Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office investigators revealed Spencer was supposedly “romantically involved with a student at Northwest High School.” The relationship had reportedly been ongoing for about a year. As a result, Spencer will also be charged with sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
Spencer had been employed by the school system since 2013. Aside from teaching English, she was also the assistant cheerleading and girls’ track and field coach at Northwest.