Three Teachers Arrested On Marijuana Charges

Three teachers at an Outer Banks high school are out of the classroom after their arrests on marijuana charges.

The state court web site confirms that Joseph Tyson is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, no operators license and misdemeanor unsealed wine/liquor in the passenger area. Adam Herman is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Corey Hutherson is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Dare County Schools spokeswoman confirms that all three teach at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. The school system says the 27-year-old Tyson is an exceptional children teacher, the 48-year-old Herman is a social studies teacher, and the 32-year-old Hutherson teaches computer technology.

School superintendent Sue Burgess tells WITN News that all three have been placed on paid administrative leave until the criminal charges are handled. She says that happened Monday, the same day the school system was made aware of the charged.

Herman has been employed by Dare County since 2000, Hutcherson since 2007 and Tyson since 2008.

All three have a May 4th court date.

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  • by John Location: Kill Devil Hills on May 12, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    Well all 3 teachers charges were dropped. The drugs belonged to the fourth person in the truck. He also happened own the truck. He was with the teachers and charged but there was no mention of him in all the original news reports. I hope everyone who made posts previous to this one now realizes the information they based their 2 cent opinions on were incomplete at best and quite possibly incorrect.
  • by mary on May 4, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    The kids still have teachers and guidence counselors to count on...when they need to talk to someone! It is our job as parents to teach them right from wrong!!!! I dont want some teacher trying to parent my kid! I doubt kids will go to these guys....hopefully people have taught their kids better than that! And Im sure they were there for the kids when they needed them. No one did anything in front of the kids, umm they werent on school property, and no children were around! Kick them out of our schools, but don't take their jobs away....probabtion, drug testing, and making sure they arent still useing would safice!
  • by to Mary on Apr 17, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    When your daughter is at school the teachers are their parents away from home. How about the teacher was doing something illegal right in front of her? I guess that is ok. I believe pot should be legal, but I agree with Mom from KDH it is only fair to test the teachers if you are going to test the students. Teachers suppose to tell the kids to say no to drugs. Good teachers help parents help kids. I know you had someone else besides your parent who have helped you. So don't come on this site talking that trash about it is a parent job. Things have really changed since I was in school. We always had a teacher or a guidance counselor who we could count on. Now no one wants to do anything anymore, but get paid. And some of you parents are the reasons. Teachers use to be inspirations for some students who were having a tough life. Now they don't even care.
  • by 4Jimmy&Melissa on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    You two have no idea it sounds to me like you have not tried; or have experienced issues with marijuana or drugs in some way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a lil smoking now and again and does not affect the brain in ways you would think. It's illegal, yes, but has the law stopped anyone from ever doing anything illegal. Rules are meant to be broken and laws are meant to be overlooked by the common man, it's life live with it or do something about it why get so worked up over something you have no control whatsoever over?????
  • by TK Location: OBX on Apr 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    I should point out that Schedule II also includes opium and a large number of commonly abused pain-killers. (my understanding is most charges in NC under sched II are for cocaine and cocaine base)
  • by TK Location: OBX on Apr 5, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    I'm going to ignore the vast majority of comments because they are argumentative with no substance. I don't much care about your views on the wonders of marijuana or the vile nature of devil's weed. However, two important points: (1) these people are teachers, and like police officers, they are -and should be- held to a higher standard and (2) one of them WAS charged with a FELONY. Possession of a schedule II controlled substance is a felony in NC. Schedule II most commonly refers to powder cocaine or crack cocaine.
  • by Melissa Location: Kinston on Apr 5, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    To Anonymous: Actually, I have a very good life, that's why I don't need pot or anything else to help me in my day to day duties. I am in the health field so I see the effects of this and it is not pleasant.
  • by T Location: Gville on Apr 4, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    I don't think it's anything to lose their job over. If they wrote a bad check and had to go to court for that I doubt they would terminate the employee even though that too is a miseadmenor (sp) so I don't think they should do it for this either.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    It's definitly nothing to lose their job over. It's not a felony.
  • by The truth on Apr 3, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    This entire discussion can be summed up very quickly. It doesn't matter if you or these 3 teachers think that pot should be legal. The truth is that pot is illegal. The teachers were caught with an illegal substance. They are guilty. End of discussion.

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