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Richmond County substitute teacher caught “vaping” in class



Parents of students at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School have received a letter informing them that two incidents occurred at the school on Friday, Jan. 27.

One of the incidents involved a student who allegedly set off pepper spray in the building, causing several students to become ill. Upon further investigation, the student was found to be in possession of a knife as well as a “striking tool,” according to the letter.

The unidentified student will now be subject to the magnet school’s code of student conduct and likely will not be allowed to return to the school, which maintains rigorous grading and conduct policies, according to the letter.

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The other incident reported was that a substitute teacher was caught using a vaping device in the classroom. According to the letter from Principal Emily Driggers, students turned the teacher in by capturing the teacher on video and posting it to AirDrop.

The teacher was not named, and the letter did not make clear whether the vaping device contained nicotine or cannabis. However, the letter states the substitute teacher was immediately sent home and will not be allowed to return.

Richmond County School Board Member Venus Cain says that Driggers followed the proper protocol in both cases.

“Sometimes you have to shake your head at these things, but we do have a process in place, and when it is followed, it works,” Cain said.

Scott Hudson is the senior reporter for The Augusta Press. Reach him at scott@theaugustapress.com 

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