North Pitt Teacher Suspended After Drug Arrest

A high school teacher has been suspended after his arrest on drug charges Wednesday night.

24-year-old James Fodrie is a science teacher at North Pitt High School.

He has been charged with felony possession of Schedule I controlled substance (ecstasy), and simple misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Greenville police say the teacher was arrested around 8:20 p.m. during a traffic stop at Memorial Drive and O Hagan Place. They say he was a passenger in a car pulled over for a seat belt violation by the driver, who was given a verbal warning.

A police report says they seized approximately 3.4 grams of a green leafy substance.

School spokesman Brock Letchworth says Fodrie was hired by the school district in September. He has been suspended with pay, which is standard procedure, according to Letchworth.

Fodrie posted bond and is no longer in the Pitt County Detention Center.

The school district released the following statement: "We were disappointed to learn about the charges against one of our employees, and this is obviously something the school system takes very seriously. The employee has been suspended with pay and there is a legal process that must take its course. Once that process is complete, the school system will act accordingly."

Fodrie is the fourth Pitt County Schools employee to be arrested during this academic year. In October the head custodian at Ayden Elementary was charged with threatening to blow up his school, the next month a teacher assistant at Elmhurst Elementary was accused of assaulting a handicapped student, while in January an assistant principal at South Central High School was found not guilty of assaulting a student in November.