Police arrested an Indiana high school teacher after students caught her on video (below) snorting what they believed was cocaine.
Samantha Cox, a 24-year-old English teacher at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, faces charges of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, reports WGN.
Junior Will Rogers said that he spotted the popular second-year educator partaking in the behavior in her locked classroom. He saw her through the window and initially didn't know what she was doing but documented the behavior on his phone camera, he said.
"She's in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines," he described the scene to WGN, adding, "When I actually watched the footage again and again … I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine."
From there, the video spread rapidly among the students at the school, and faculty members contacted police just before noon that same day.
Cox was led away in handcuffs after officers, with the assistance of a drug dog, found a twisted-up plastic bag with several pieces of rolled tinfoil, notes the Chicago Tribune. She reportedly cooperated with officers and handed over the keys to her car, where she had more paraphernalia in her glove box.
"You're told as a child to listen to them, respect them and stuff like that... but it's kinda hard to respect somebody who does cocaine in a classroom," junior Anthony Rios told WGN.
Lake Central Superintendent Larry Veracco said in a robocall to parents that "swift and forceful action was taken" as soon as they learned about the "situation."
"We are concerned and saddened by the recent incident, and we have recognized that it is a systemic issue in our country," School Board President Janice Malchow said in an email, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We believe in open communication about the issue. It takes a village to battle this ugly demon."
Cox reportedly told authorities that she bought $160 worth of cocaine that morning and had been taking the drugs since her freshman year of college at Purdue University Northwest.
"Ms. Cox advised she normally purchases her [drugs] after school but was feeling sick and needed to get some," court records state.
She said that she didn't get a chance to take any drugs before school started so she instead took them during her break while alone in her classroom with the door locked, but that "the kids must have randomly seen" her through her window.
"I'm grateful that they found out when they did and they were quick-acting," parent Shannon McGrath told WGN.