A teacher is responsible for your child’s education, but what happens when that teacher is accused of abusing the very thing you teach them to stay away from?
Aleksandr Skakalsky is a student at East Central High School. We caught up with him on his lunch break while out running errands. He was shocked to learn an East Central Junior High teacher was arrested on drug complaints.
“They’re supposed to be our leader in life and show us how not to do bad things, be smart and go to college and get a good career,” he says.
Staying away from drugs has been drilled into his head since he was a small child.
“It destroys your body, you can die in your early years and lose so many years of your life, and you won’t be able to get a good job in the future,” says Skakalsky.
As part of an undercover drug investigation, deputies in Wagoner County arrested eight people on April 20th and then four more on Tuesday.
“Yes, I was shocked when we found we had a school teacher involved in this you know. It’s just shocking she was there,” says Wagoner County Sheriff, Bob Colbert.
Willis is the 8th grade reading and language arts teacher at East Central Junior High. She’s been an employee of TPS since August of 2008. Along with Willis, investigators arrested Michael Jenkins, Sammy McKinney and Roy Jenkins Jr.
As Aleksandr heads back to class, he tries to wrap his head around the possibility that a student mentor is being accused of drug possession.
“If’s just crazy because we’re supposed to be following them understanding that drugs are bad,” he says.
These arrests bring the total number of people caught during this investigation to 18. The Wagoner County Sheriff’s office says it expects there will be even more arrests in the future.
All four people including Willis are now out on bond.
The warrants were served as part of a six month undercover investigation in Wagoner County.