Sheriff's office identifies teacher suspended pending drug investigation

Sheriff's office identifies teacher suspended pending drug investigation

MUNFORD, TN (WMC) - A Munford High School teacher was arrested on Thursday and charged with giving away drugs. Officials identified the educator on Friday.

A warrant was issued and served to Cornelia Fisher. She was booked into Tipton County Jail around 5:30 p.m. and is now free on a $1,000 bond.

On Wednesday, school officials suspended Fisher and another staff member without pay pending a suspected drug possession investigation. Investigators Fisher was giving away drugs to book keeper April Gray at school.

But Fisher says she wasn't selling the drugs in school.

"Not at all, these were antihistamines. Antihistamines," said Fisher.

The long-time school employee says Gray asked for the drugs, and that she wasn't taking money for them.

Tipton County District Attorney Mike Dunavant confirms the investigation centers around two high school employees thought to have had possession of an illegal substance. The substance in question has not yet been identified by officials.

According to a statute, giving prescription medication to someone else is illegal, whether for profit or not.

Court documents allege Fisher gave Gray more than 70 pills at school. A dog found bottles with labels ripped off in Gray's car. The superintendent is still waiting for the investigation to be complete before taking appropriate action.

"That information sounds absolutely awful in my opinion, and we're just shocked by it," said Superintendent Buddy Bibb. "And we'll take appropriate action once I get all the information."

Munford Police say they plan to arrest Gray, but she was nowhere to be found on Friday. Despite teaching more than two decades, Fisher is in a state diversion program after admitting to giving a 16-year-old $40 for a tattoo.

Fisher is due in court on April 7, 2015.

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