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Zero Tolerance goes even more horribly wrong.

Mindy Herrick has taught at Roberts Elementary for 17 years. She sounds like one of most incredible and inspirational teachers ever. In 2006-7, she was teacher of the year for the entire school district. Read the article and you’ll find the amazing stuff about her just continues and continues.
The School District decided (for no reason) to check on teachers and drugs, so they brought in a drug sniffing dog to the teacher’s parking log. The dog alerted to one car. Nothing there. The dog alerted to a second car. Nothing there. The dog alerted to a third car. Mindy’s. They searched her car and found a baggie with two Xanax pills….
Yeah, I’m thinking the same thing. The dog makes two false ID’s on other cars and then manages to smell two bills in a plastic bag inside a car? Right. Sounds more like the dog gave the police 3 free searches.
Mindy says she doesn’t know where the pills came from (other people drive her car) and she passed a drug test and a lie detector test and asked to have the bag checked for fingerprints to prove that she never touched it.
But for now, Mindy isn’t allowed to teach, and she has been charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and could get 10 years if convicted.

Herrick‰s classroom door is covered with kids‰ drawings. ‹We love you, Ms. Herrick!Š says one with a big heart. In big letters, another declares, ‹We miss you!Š

It’s, you know, for the kids.

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