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Clay County teacher back in classroom after drug arrest

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Updated: 4/26/2013 7:23 pm
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- A Clay County teacher is facing charges after being caught with drugs. According to the Hillsborough County Police report, John Jennings was arrested in Tampa earlier this week with marijuana in his possession.

Action News did some digging and found Jennings is a teacher at Keystone Heights Junior and Senior High School. The Clay County School Board says Jennings was hired by the school board on August 9, 2011.

According to state law, public school teachers are not required to take a drug test before stepping into the classroom. Local parents say that should change. "If there's something that comes up with the children where you suspect the teacher may be on drugs, at least you should be able to go and do the drug testing," says parent Mike Coduto.

Clay County School Board Chair Carol Studdard says giving drug tests to teachers could keep parents minds at ease. "If I was a parent, I'd probably be in favor of random drug testing. Kind of keeps people on their toes and they never know when it's going to be."

Following his arrest, Jennings was suspended for three days without pay. He returned to work on April 24, 2013.
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GaryG - 4/27/2013 10:24 AM
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Wow, I think that it is amazing that people that are trusted with educatining our children are not required to pass a drug screening prior to employment. Just about every employer in the private sector reqires a drug screening prior to employment including most minimum wage jobs. Personally, I believe that anyone who is paid with my tax dollers should be required to pass not only a drug screening prior to employment but random screening throught their employment.
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