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There are 130 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 7, 2008, titled Waukegan high school teacher allegedly caught smoking pot in sc.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Waukegan high school teacher was arrested this week after she allegedly smoked marijuana in the school's teachers' lounge, police said.

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theoutlaw

Phoenix, AZ

#1 May 7, 2008
I bet her students get "High" grades
Apollo

Beecher City, IL

#3 May 7, 2008
In 1935 it would have perfectly legal for a teacher to smoke pot. It's time to legalize pot again. Too many good people are getting criminal records for nothing.
Rusty Shackelford

Chicago, IL

#4 May 7, 2008
How did the school security guards have the right to search her purse without a warrant?
retiree

Bloomingdale, IL

#5 May 7, 2008
Rusty Shackelford wrote:
How did the school security guards have the right to search her purse without a warrant?
The security guards had "probable cause" due to the odor of the smoke.
Rusty Shackelford

Chicago, IL

#6 May 7, 2008
retiree wrote:
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The security guards had "probable cause" due to the odor of the smoke.
Right, but unless they were police officers, they would not have the right to search someone.
ben dover

Mason, MI

#7 May 7, 2008
how stupid could she be? lol.and to top off the stupidness she let a rent-a-cop search her purse. she should have just left when she got busted.
spicoli

Chicago, IL

#8 May 7, 2008
gnarly!
Jerry D

Allentown, PA

#10 May 7, 2008
Rusty Shackelford wrote:
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Right, but unless they were police officers, they would not have the right to search someone.
Ah yes, the pro-pot wastoids have to cry foul when someone actually gets in trouble for violating a law. Of course, we all know that the best way to change the drug policy is to get caught violating it in a school and then whine that we don't live in Amsterdam after you're busted. If you believe for a second that this woman should not be disciplined, then I feel truly sorry for your children.
Hair Trigger

Las Cruces, NM

#11 May 7, 2008
I went to high school. If I had to teach me, I'd "spark a bowl" too!
Brother Stevethiah

Chicago, IL

#13 May 7, 2008
Apollo wrote:
In 1935 it would have perfectly legal for a teacher to smoke pot. It's time to legalize pot again. Too many good people are getting criminal records for nothing.
It's possible to decriminalize pot without making it legal. Carbondale did so.
Josh

Aiken, SC

#14 May 7, 2008
One day when pot is legalized, we'll look back and wonder how we could've thought it was so horrible. Oh my god, she smokes weed so she must be a danger to the children. Turns out, teachers drink and smoke cigarettes too but I guess that's okay cause Uncle Sam says so. You people are sheep. Bahhhhh! She's probably a great teacher.
Rusty Shackelford

Chicago, IL

#16 May 7, 2008
Jerry D wrote:
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Ah yes, the pro-pot wastoids have to cry foul when someone actually gets in trouble for violating a law. Of course, we all know that the best way to change the drug policy is to get caught violating it in a school and then whine that we don't live in Amsterdam after you're busted. If you believe for a second that this woman should not be disciplined, then I feel truly sorry for your children.
Don't be quick to judge me. I could not be a "pro-pot wastoid" since I have never done drugs in my life. Can you say the same thing?

The teacher is a complete moron and deserves to be fired. However, the school security guards shouldn't have gone through her purse. Maybe she was too stoned to think clearly.
Dorpeg

Glen Ellyn, IL

#17 May 7, 2008
Rusty Shackelford wrote:
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Right, but unless they were police officers, they would not have the right to search someone.
WRONG!
Dorpeg

Glen Ellyn, IL

#18 May 7, 2008
Apollo wrote:
In 1935 it would have perfectly legal for a teacher to smoke pot. It's time to legalize pot again. Too many good people are getting criminal records for nothing.
Do you know what a "gateway" drug is? As a recovering addict, I realize where it all started. Legalize? No. Decriminalize, I can live with. If what was legal in 1935 is your standard for what should be legal today, be careful what you wish for.
Rae

Waukegan, IL

#20 May 7, 2008
"How did the school security guards have the right to search her purse without a warrant?"

The Supreme Court has ruled that puiblic schools are not subject to the same search and seizure laws as private citizens. Because students could be endangered by someone under the influence of any sort of intoxicant, school authorities -- and law enforcement -- have the right to conduct warrantless seizures. And for those of you saying that a teacher smoking pot on campus is not a big deal: you have NO idea what you're talking about. It's a proven fact that any intoxicant will alter behavior and cause people to do things they would never otherwise do. It's one step from smoking pot at the school to smoking it with students. Is that okay with all of you? Should that be all right too? Not only that, but if she's stoned she's not at her best and she's letting her students down. The fact that she did that at school shows that her judgment is extraordinarily poor. I don't think we need teachers like that.

As for alcohol -- if the teacher was smashed at school then I'd want her fired and prosecuted as well. I don't care what mind-altering substance you're on; if you're a teacher then you leave that stuff at home and do it on your own time. I teach at a college. If someone smoked pot in the staff lounge there I would pick up the fumes second-hand (just like with cigarettes). Who's to protect me from being accused of pot use on scool premises then? Junkies and their defenders need to think of other people, not just themselves.

I really hate those "so and so did this and that's worse so this poor person shouldn't be prosecuted" whiners. What a load of garbage! If you kill five people and I only kill one should I walk? Your crime is a lot worse than mine! There is no correlation between unconnected crimes. Yes, that police officer should rot in prison for what he did, but that doesn't mean this irresponsible, selfish teacher should get a pass. Wake up.
non

Dixon, IL

#21 May 7, 2008
In Illinois, a single conviction for a single joint conveys a LIFETIME prohibition on holding a teaching certificate. Flat fact. It is in the same catagory of offenses as child pimping and pornography.

Some years back, a wiz-bang reformer pointed out that MURDER had never been listed in the same catagory- but pot was--even if it had been a long-ago 'youthful' indescretion.

So of course, murder was added...and the 'jay' stayed.

While I in no way excuse or condone what has been alleged here, THIS state is in the rank of the ridiculous and absurd in many respects.

LOTS of teachers resort to drugs to cope--legal, illegal, prescribed, or otherwise, etc. Alcohol abuse is VERY popular. Context matters.
politwriter

Arlington Heights, IL

#23 May 7, 2008
We can thank God that, at least, she wasn't subjecting the children to the horrors of second hand tobacco smoke.
the dude

San Jose, CA

#24 May 7, 2008
Gateway? yeah, to another slice of pizza! That's the only gate it ever opened for me! In any case, I had to quit because it made me eat too much and get fat.

"Gateway" is a scare tactic, but I do agree, smoking pot is not a good idea.
Dorpeg wrote:
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Do you know what a "gateway" drug is? As a recovering addict, I realize where it all started. Legalize? No. Decriminalize, I can live with. If what was legal in 1935 is your standard for what should be legal today, be careful what you wish for.
HGH

United States

#25 May 7, 2008
Maybe the most stupid teacher ever...what a completely dumb broad...
Gene Tierney

AOL

#26 May 7, 2008
I assume Logan won't be named *teacher of the year.*

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