Official: Substitute teacher in North Attleborough fired after smoking marijuana in classroom full of students

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, MASS. (WHDH) - A substitute teacher at North Attleborough High School was fired after allegedly smoking marijuana in a classroom full of students on Monday afternoon, an official confirmed.

Students that were present in the classroom immediately reported the teacher, according to Principal Peter Haviland.

“The incident at North Attleborough High School was entirely unexpected and unprecedented and it was in no way a reflection of the great students, faculty, staff, and families of this great school and community,” Haviland said in a statement. “Instead, the quick actions of the students to report their concerns is an accurate reflection of the values of this school and community and serves as comforting evidence demonstrating that our students share and uphold these common values of safety and appropriateness within our school.”

It’s not clear if criminal charges will be filed against the teacher, whose name has not been released.

Haviland praised the quick actions of his students for helping officials remove the teacher from the school.

“It was their quick decisions to report the concerns which allowed our school to immediately intervene and remove the individual who created the unsafe environment,” Haviland added. “We are proud of our students and grateful to them for the level of maturity and courage they showed during this unfortunate and unprecedented experience.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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