Austintown sub teacher charged after school officials find drugs

The teacher is banned from district premises and is not permitted to work for Austintown Schools in the future

Austintown Fitch High School exterior

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A substitute teacher at Austintown Fitch High School has been charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a prescription schedule 4 controlled substance, according to the district.

Austintown Schools said a student told a school resource officer that the teacher was taking pictures of students in class.

The officer and assistant principal asked the teacher to leave his phone on a table while they investigated, but said the teacher picked up his phone after being asked not to.

They found the prescription pills upon investigating, according to a news release from Austintown Schools.

“This is highly inappropriate behavior and will not be tolerated,” said Superintendent Vince Colaluca.

The teacher is banned from district premises and is not permitted to work for the school system in the future.

Austintown Schools says all substitute teachers are contracted, and undergo background checks and drug screenings.

Police will continue to investigate the situation with school administration.

School officials were not available Wednesday evening to confirm the teacher’s name.

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