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Northwest Whitfield teacher charged with possession of heroin, student relationship

Spokesman Eric Beavers tells NewsChannel 9 says a staff member at Northwest Whitfield High School reported that Raquel Spencer was "exhibiting unusual behavior." (Images: Whitfield Co. Sheriff's Office, DEA, MGN)

UPDATE:

On Thursday, Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says the investigation revealed that Spencer was also "romantically involved with a student at Northwest High School," and that the relationship has been going on for about a year. Spencer will also be charged with sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.

Whitfield County Superintendent Judy Gilreath tells NewsChannel 9 that Spencer was hired in 2013. She says she'd always been a "good teacher" and was recently moved to NW Whitfield because of her good track record with the school system.

She says administrators at NW Whitfield had never received any complaints about her until they were notified she was acting strange.

Spencer turned in her resignation Wednesday.

Depend on us to bring you updates as we learn them.


PREVIOUSLY:

Whitfield County Schools say one of their teachers was pulled from class on Wednesday and may soon be out of a job.

Spokesman Eric Beavers tells NewsChannel 9 says a staff member at Northwest Whitfield High School reported that Raquel Spencer was "exhibiting unusual behavior."

Beavers says administrators went to check Spencer and escorted her to the office, where a school resource asked her to consent to a search. She consented.

Beavers says the officer "found an illegal substance which led to her arrest."

NewsChannel 9 confirmed with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department that the substance was heroin.

Beavers says "The superintendent is taking the necessary steps to recommend termination. The teacher is currently in custody. If she is released she will immediately be placed on administrative leave pending further proceedings regarding her employment."

This is a developing story. Depend on us for updates as we get them.

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