Police say teacher overdosed in front of students

Law enforcement officers found various drug paraphernalia in the school cupboard.

KSNF/KODE — A public school teacher at a suburban New Jersey high school has been arrested after overdosing in front of students, police said.

Students found 57-year-old Frank Thompson, an art teacher at Roosevelt High School in Westfield, unconscious on the classroom floor shortly after 9:00 am on November 29, 2022, according to the Westfield, New Jersey Police Department. School resource Officer Fortunata Riga injected the opioid antidote naloxone, which he carries with him, according to a police report.

Authorities later found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the school restroom, and on January 5 charged Thompson with endangering children’s welfare, possession of fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thompson is due to appear in court on February 1.

In a police statement, school superintendent Dr. Raymond Gonzalez said the district was unable to comment on personnel matters, but added, “We will continue to focus on the safety of students and staff, and maintaining the integrity of the learning environment in the classroom.”

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