Shouldn’t we rethink things?

OK, this is getting beyond stupid. A teacher touched some papers, and just happened to have smoked half a joint over the weekend. Great reason to lose your job and go to jail and probably be blackballed from teaching forever.

If all the high school and junior high teachers that I knew smoked pot in the 70′s and 80′s on the weekends had been fired, my schools would have had a SEVERE teacher shortage.

This is just idiocy.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – A high school teacher faces marijuana possession charges after drug- sniffing dogs on a routine campus sweep led police to his classroom desk, authorities said.No drugs were found in the desk of Stakely McConnell, a Spanish teacher at Ball High School. Instead, the dogs smelled papers that had a marijuana odor transferred from McConnell’s hands, school police chief LeeRoy Amador said.

McConnell, 25, admitted to smoking marijuana over the weekend, Amador said.

Authorities said they later found a half cigarette of marijuana in his car, but that there is no evidence or suspicion that students were involved in the alleged drug use.

McConnell was placed on administrative leave after being arrested on campus Tuesday.

Possession of marijuana carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $4,000 fine. Because the alleged discovery happened in a drug-free zone, the district attorney can increase the charge to a state jail felony, which carries a maximum two-year sentence and $10,000 fine.

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