Officials Say Art Teacher Had Drugs And Paraphernalia At School

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary school teacher is accused of having heroin and drug paraphernalia at school after he canceled class and locked the door to his classroom.

Police and school officials say art teacher George T. McDonald is charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Peter Gorman says McDonald resigned immediately.

An assistant principal at Bruns Avenue Elementary School unlocked the door yesterday and found the teacher with his arm strapped. An administrator was called after a teacher took students to the art classroom and found it locked with a sign saying classes were canceled through Friday.

Gorman says an investigation revealed that McDonald was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in Buncombe County in 2005. McDonald was allowed to enter a deferred prosecution program.