Substitute teacher admits to heroin use after passing out in front of class

By David Ferguson
Friday, October 18, 2013 10:59 EDT
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Sgt. Steve Hudson via screencap
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Pittsburgh, PA police found four baggies of heroin on a 26-year-old substitute art teacher and marijuana in his car after he passed out in front of a roomful of high school students on Wednesday. According to KDKA CBS Channel 2, Christopher Chiappetta admitted that he had used heroin in the morning before reporting to work at Pittsburgh’s Northgate High School.

KDKA spoke with Northgate school resource officer Sgt. Mike Hudson about the incident, who was on patrol in the school hallway when he heard a commotion. He found Chiappetta slumped unconscious in a classroom with 11 students.

“Unfortunately, it was a very realistic show and tell where you can preach the message to students, but they got to see live, firsthand the effects of a drug addiction problem,” Hudson said.

Students told Hudson that Chiappetta had taken a break before noon and returned to the classroom groggy, then lost consciousness altogether. When taken into custody, Chiappetta admitted to taking heroin at around 6:00 a.m., but denied using the drug on school grounds.

Hudson told KDKA, “When a person makes a decision to use a narcotic, and he’s actually being a substitute teacher, that’s pretty severe drug usage, and he needs a lot of help.”

Chiappetta faces several charges, including endangering the welfare of children. Hudson said that more charges could be pending.

He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Watch video about this story, embedded below via Pittsburgh’s KDKA:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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