Teachers union hinders district’s investigation into staff member who did heroin in school

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Someone at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School is doing smack in the men’s faculty bathroom.

Six teachers, an aide and a school contractor were identified through surveillance video as the only people to use the men’s room before another staff member found a heroin baggie Feb. 11, which was the second time in recent months, the Times Herald-Record reports.

Fallsburg Schools Superintendent Ivan Katz notified parents and police of the problem, but identifying the culprit will be difficult after the district’s teachers union interjected itself and advised staff not to cooperate with the law enforcement investigation.

The school contractor who used the faculty bathroom was cleared after he voluntarily provided a urine sample, and the seven other faculty members initially intended to do the same, but were advised against it by their union, Fallsburg Police Chief Simmie Williams told the news site.

“If you got nothing to hide, give me some urine,” Williams said. “Let’s clear the teachers’ names who are taking care of these babies for six or seven hours a day.”

School officials said they first realized the drug problem shortly before the Christmas break, when a school employee first found heroin and needles in the bathroom Dec. 23.

Read more at EAGNews.com.

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