From News.com.auPrivate school teachers at LSD party
By Nigel Hunt
March 18, 2005
FOUR teachers at Whyalla's prestigious St John's College in South Australia have been apprehended by police after an LSD drug party.
One of the teachers, a man, 23, was reported for supplying a prohibited substance – LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide, a hallucinogenic drug – and will appear in court next month.
Three other teachers – two men aged 37 and 34, and a woman, 26 – have been placed in a drug diversion program for treatment and rehabilitation.
While the 23-year-old teacher facing the drug charges has been suspended, the remaining three were allowed to continue teaching this week. One of them holds a senior position at the school and is involved in its management team.
The trio will next week meet the director of Catholic Education at Port Pirie, Kathy McEvoy, and St Johns Principal Charlie Allen, to explain their actions. Ms McEvoy said yesterday no students were involved. "Three of the four teachers allegedly involved . . . were recent recruits to the school," she said.
The incident has rocked the Whyalla community, with Mayor Jim Pollock yesterday saying he was "shocked" and called for a full inquiry.
"This is a very serious allegation," he said. "If there are four teachers involved in this, a full inquiry by the Catholic Education Office has to be made. If four teachers have been involved in some sort of drug taking, then it would be my thoughts the four of them should be stood down until the investigations are completed and the matters cleared."
Whyalla police acting Chief Inspector Graeme Adcock yesterday confirmed one man had been reported for drug offences and three other people placed in a diversion program.
Police were alerted to an incident at a Whyalla house on Saturday night after an ambulance was called when a man suffered a severe reaction, allegedly from taking the drug.
Suspension and criminal charges? These teachers should be applauded for calling an ambulance and staying at the scene when someone got sick taking the drug. Instead, it's probably cost them their careers.