High school teacher, 24, is charged with felony drug possession after her students secretly filmed her 'snorting cocaine' in their classroom

  • High school teacher Samantha Cox was charged with felony drug possession?
  • Cox was filmed 'snorting cocaine' in her classroom at Lake Central in Indiana
  • She was seen cutting up a white powdery substance then standing over it?
  • Students showed the video to the principal who called police to the school
  • A detection dog located the leftover substance and?paraphernalia in her desk
  • She was arrested and told police she fell ill and purchased the 'dope cocaine' from her dealer early morning last Wednesday
  • Cox posted $1,000 bond that same day and was released from custody

A high school English teacher has been charged a week after her students filmed her snorting what appeared to be cocaine in her classroom.

Samantha Cox of?Lake Central in?St. John, Indiana, was slapped with felony drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after the teens caught her in the act last Wednesday.

The 24-year-old was arrested after students secretly filmed her through the locked door cutting up the white, powdery substance on a binder at around 10:20 a.m. during a break in between classes.

In the video, Cox is shown turning her back to the door, leaning over, and seemingly snorting the substance.

Aside from posting the video to social media, the teens showed the footage to staff members, who called police.

When St. John police arrived, they requested assistance from Dyer police and their detection dog, CBS?reported.?

The detection dog sniffed the leftover substance and paraphernalia stashed in her locked desk drawer.?

During questioning, Cox told police she fell early that morning before she purchased the 'dope cocaine' for $160 from a dealer.

The teacher told authorities she had been using drugs since she first started college.

Cox was released from Lake County Jail the same day after posting $1,000 bond.??

Samantha Cox (seen above in her mugshot) was charged with felony drug possession after telling police she purchased the 'dope cocaine' after falling ill early morning last Wednesday

Samantha Cox (seen above in her mugshot) was charged with felony drug possession after telling police she purchased the 'dope cocaine' after falling ill early morning last Wednesday

Samantha Cox is pictured cutting up a white powdery substance on what appears to be a binder then standing up to lean over it as if to snort it as students film her through the window of her classroom at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana
Samantha Cox is pictured cutting up a white powdery substance on what appears to be a binder then standing up to lean over it as if to snort it as students film her through the window of her classroom at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana

Cox is shown cutting up a white powdery substance on what appears to be a binder then standing up to lean over it as if to snort it as students film her through the window of her classroom at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana

It is not clear how long she had been working at the school when the video was filmed last week. ?Some students were outraged by the display.

'She tried to hide herself. 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,'?John Rogers told CBS.

He is one of Cox's students.?

Others were more concerned about her well-being.?

'It is like a serious thing. A lot of people can get addicted to a lot of things, and something like this is, it's very heartbreaking,' student Michael Sanchez said.?

The school said it was grateful for the students who brought the video to their attention.?

It is not known when Cox is next due in court.

Cox was handcuffed and marched out of the school by police officers shortly after the video was taken
Cox was handcuffed and marched out of the school by police officers shortly after the video was taken

Cox was handcuffed and marched out of the school by police officers shortly after the video was taken

It is not clear how long Cox has been teaching at Lake Central High School, above, where the video was filmed?

It is not clear how long Cox has been teaching at Lake Central High School, above, where the video was filmed?


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