During a “Family Fun Night” event on September 12, students discovered methamphetamine disguised in an Indiana teacher’s hair scrunchie.
Sarah Jayne Duncan, an eighth-grade teacher at Helfrich Park STEM Academy, was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on Wednesday evening.
According to a report from Newsweek, “Duncan attended the event, along with her daughter who is a student at the school, where she allegedly took a picture with two students in a photo booth. Both students later stated that Duncan let her hair down for the photo, leaving behind a blueish-colored velvet-type scrunchie with a white zipper.”
“According to the affidavit, the students noticed the scrunchie was heavier than a typical one and proceeded to open the zipper pouch where they found a glass vial that contained a white powder substance along with a cut straw and more white powder,” the report continued.
The pupils handed over the scrunchie and vial to another instructor, who informed school administrators.
The Evansville Police Department was called to the school and performed a field test on the material, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Duncan was then taken to the police station for a drug test.
Duncan’s initial drug test, according to the police, was inconclusive due to the urine being too cold. A police officer afterward “observed an unauthorized collection container fall from Duncan’s shorts.”
Because of her attempt to manipulate the test findings, they were disregarded.
Newsweek reports, “When asked about her failed urine samples, police said Duncan claimed that she didn’t know why her first two samples were unusably cold. The teacher added that she was ‘not aware of the pouch/container in her shorts until after she was providing her second sample’ or how it got into her shorts.”
Duncan has been charged with one count of methamphetamine possession and one count of drug paraphernalia possession.
The school district has since fired the teacher.
And people wonder why their kids come home with such crazy ideas.