PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Jan 14 2017
A Port St. Lucie teacher is under arrested on drug charges.
Investigators said an anonymous tip led them to Patrick McLaughlin, at Renaissance Chart School.
The tipster told police that McLaughlin came to work "high" and brought syringes to school.
Police said they confronted the third-grade teacher at school on Monday.
According to a police spokesman, investigators found used needles in McLaughlin's pocket and heroin caps in the teacher's school desk.
Police said there was not enough heroin in the used caps to charge McLaughlin with possession.
According to a report obtained by WPBF, McLaughlin and his girlfriend were arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia in November.
Martin County Sheriffs deputies pulled the couple over during a traffic stop in Palm City and police K9s detected narcotics in the vehicle.
According to the report, both McLaughlin and his girlfriend admitted to taking drugs.
Investigators said she told the deputy, "Sheuses heroin and McLaughlin injects her with it."
A school spokeswoman would not say if McLaughlin was put on leave and instead forwarded this statement via email, "While we are not at liberty to discuss any specific personnel issues, we can assure parents that we are cooperating fully with authorities and taking all appropriate actions to assure the safety and security of our students.”
To have a 3rd grade teacher whose actually bringing the stuff on the campus, I mean, how far do you have to fall to get to that," said Police spokesman Frank Sabol.
Sabol said the safety of students is a top priority but was hopeful McLaughlin would, "get the help he needs."