A former Swift Creek Elementary School teacher caught with heroin at school has been given a deferred judgment; Jessica Young must complete 100 hours of community service and complete a drug treatment program within a year.
Jessica L. Young, 35, of the 13000 block of Thornridge Lane in Midlothian, was arrested and charged with possession of controlled paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance in January.
Police say Young had heroin and drug paraphernalia in the school building; police also found drug paraphernalia in Young's vehicle.
Young has one year to complete 100 hours of community service as well as a drug treatment program; if she takes these steps, the charges against her may be dropped.
Young was a special education teacher at Swift Creek Elementary School.
8News spoke with Macie Brady, a parent whose child was in Young's class just last year.
"We're all just devastated," Brady said. "I mean, we're shocked."
Brady is the mother of four children, all of whom have attended Swift Creek Elementary School, and say in all of that time, she's never seen something like this.
"We cannot believe that happened," Brady said. "If she [Young] was someone I had to pick out, she isn't someone I would pick at all," Brady said of Young's arrest.
Young was arrested after Police said they received an anonymous tip.
Police said they've closed their investigation of Young and said they don't believe any drug distribution occurred.
Chesterfield County Public Schools spokesman Shawn Smith released the following statement to 8News: "These are very serious charges and the employee was immediately removed from school property. The employee has not been working for the school division pending the disposition of the charges and the administrative process."
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