A high school teacher was arrested for drug possession after students recorded her snorting a powder in her classroom.
Pupils at Lake Central High School in Indiana stood outside the room where Samantha Cox, an English teacher, took herself and what appeared to be drugs into the corner.
They told school officials what they saw before police arrived and marched 24-year-old Cox out of the school in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.
Police said that the powder is believed to be a mixture of cocaine and heroin.
Indiana teacher Samantha Cox, 24, faces drug possession charges.
( Lake County Sheriff)
Cox now faces drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges, leading St. John Police Chief James Kveton to praise the students who brought her alleged habit to light.
“Their actions showed a tremendous amount of fortitude and integrity and enabled staff to address the situation properly,” he said in a statement.
One student, John Rogers, told WBBM that Cox “tried to hide herself” while snorting the substance.
Video from students shows Cox appearing to handle drugs.
“She wasn’t at her desk where we could see her. She was all the way in the corner where she thought we can’t see her.”
Drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, though the drug possession charge is a felony punishable by up to two and a half years in prison.