BENICIA, Calif. – Police arrested a 23-year-old Benicia High School teacher and her 17-year-old student in connection with marijuana and stolen goods recovered from the teacher’s car parked near the school.
School employees called Benicia police to report a student who had repeatedly walked off campus several times last week during the school day, SF Gate reports.
When police spoke with the 17-year-old he allegedly told officers he was walking to his teacher’s car with her permission. Teacher Riana Lane allegedly confirmed the boy’s story, which prompted police to search the vehicle, according to KRON.
That’s when police allegedly recovered items stolen from two cars in Benicia on March 23 and 28, as well as a “small amount” of marijuana edibles.
“Lane allegedly admitted to officers that she has some edible marijuana in her car, and the student allegedly admitted to stealing the goods found in Lane’s car, police said,” according to the Benicia Patch.
Police did not release the name of the student because he is a minor. The boy was arrested for petty theft and released to a parent.
Lane was also arrested and cited for misdemeanor possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana on a school campus, the news site reports.
The school’s staff directory does not list a “Riana Lane” but does list “Rhianna Lane” as a special education and English teacher.
Superintendent Charles Young told the Vallejo Times Herald in a prepared statement that Lane was placed on leave, though it’s unclear whether the leave is paid or unpaid.
Young said district officials are now working to take “immediate action to secure a high qualified long-term substitute” to replace the teacher, but did not discuss what, if any, punishment the teacher may face as a result of her arrest.
Young also pointed out Lane’s arrest occurred “away from students and staff” and did not “prompt campus disruption,” according to the news site.
Lane was not jailed, but rather cited and released on site.