Teacher accused of making party drug in class

By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter

BELLAIRE, Texas - High school students learn how to make all kinds of things in science class. But one Bellaire High School teacher is accused of going too far with one experiment and is now being investigated by school administrators and school district police for alleged misconduct.

Sources tell Local 2 that police with the Houston Independent School District were called to campus on Friday to investigate claims that a teacher made a party drug during a chemistry lab experiment.

Senior Jack Riggs believes it may have been just a misunderstanding.

"He said that when you are doing this, make sure you don't like accidentally take this step," Riggs said. "Make sure you go according to the lab or else it makes something that's like a party drug or something."

The science teacher hasn't been charged with a crime so Local 2 is not naming him.

HISD spokesperson Sheleah Reed released the following statement on behalf of the district:

"Late last week, Bellaire High School administrators and the HISD Police Department began investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct by a Bellaire High School employee. As the claims and the employee are under investigation, the district will not comment further regarding the matter. Please know that HISD takes these situations very seriously and will always review information received from the students, staff and members of the school community."

Students say they heard fellow classmates talking about the allegations over lunch and rushed to the teacher's defense.

"He's a really nice dude," one student said. "He's a nice dude and knows what he's talking about."

"It is going to be a distraction because everyone is not going to want to believe it," student Miranda Scott said.

A letter was also sent home to parents about the investigation. In the letter, Bellaire High School principal Michael McDonough wrote in part:

"The Bellaire HS administrative team has strong rapport with students, faculty, staff and our community, and thus it is not uncommon to have information shared with us.  I remain committed to providing all of our students with a safe, challenging, and productive academic environment.  I appreciate your support as we maintain our focus on student learning."

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