Teacher In Trouble

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 2:34pm

High school teacher accused of giving drugs to student.

A high school English teacher in Lynn, Massachusetts pleaded not guilty after being arrested for allegedly giving marijuana to a 17-year-old student.

Charles Saltzman, 50, of Swampscott is a teacher at Lynn English High School. He was arrested Tuesday after a student said Saltzman gave her marijuana twice in two weeks.

"At school I'm hearing he's giving drugs to kids and I'm like, he never tried anything like that with us. So I was like, I can't believe it," said Sholonda Ross, an upset student.

A police report says Saltzman deliberately gave the student pot in a hallway out of surveillance camera range.

According to the teen, it wasn't the first time he's given her pot.

"I'm mad. I'm mad as hell. I can't believe something like this is happening. It's a shocker," the student's mother said. "I felt like my daughter was violated. I'm concerned for my daughter's safety and for the safety of other children at the high school."

Parents are furious, but many students don't believe the allegations.

They claim Saltzman is a good teacher and a quiet man who didn't get too involved with anyone.

"It's ridiculous. It's absolutely ridiculous to give kids weed -- that's crazy. That goes against everything I believe in. He needs to be fired...He needs to be prosecuted," said Doreen Rushins, an upset parent.
 

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