GRUNDY, Va. – A Buchanan County teacher was arrested and escorted from her classroom at Riverview Elementary/Middle School this week for allegedly selling drugs on campus.
Details of the case are sparse, but Buchanan County Sheriff Ray Roster told WCYB 43-year-old teacher Lisa Kathleen Burns was served with warrants for her arrest at school just after 10 a.m. Monday.
Deputies and officers with the 29th Judicial Drug Task Force then forced Burns to leave the building.
She’s charged with five drug crimes, including Distribution of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Distribution of Schedule I/II Controlled Substance on School Property, two counts of Common Nuisance, and Distribution of Schedule III Controlled Substance, WVVA reports.
According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:
The specific drugs involved have not been identified.
Schedule I drugs have the most potential for abuse and include heroin, marijuana and hallucinogenics.
Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and include many prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and codeine.
Schedule III drugs include lower dose medications with codeine.
“This is still very early and a lot of things are still being checked out,” Foster told the news site. “This is an ongoing investigation.”
The Riverview Elementary/Middle School website lists Burns as a 7th grade math and science teacher and advisor with the school’s Academic Team.
Burns was booked into the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Haysi without a bond, WCYB reports.
Buchanan County Superintendent Melanie Hibitts did not respond to the news site’s inquiries about Burns’ current employment status.
Regardless, the incident sparked mixed reactions online.
“Did they really have to arrest her at school?” Theresa Stanley posted to Facebook.
“At school or not … people like her are what’s wrong with this state!” Brenda Zimmerman responded.
“Love her heart … How awful she must feel,” Angie Boyd wrote. “Praying for her to realize where she did wrong and correct it. Remember we all fall short of the glory of God. None of us have a place to judge.”
“I wish they hadn’t taken her out of the classroom. Kids look up to teachers, as they should. This can make them distrust future educators,” Shamerine Barber added.
“Students have to get drug tested to play sports,” Dianna Murray posted. “Maybe they should start drug testing teachers and coaches too.”