Meredith Pruitt. Courtesy WBTV
GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - A Gaston County teacher was fired from her job after police say she used her own students to distribute and sell prescription drugs.
Meredith Burris Pruitt, 31, is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Sell or Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Promoting Drug Sales by a Minor, Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School, Hire or use a Minor to Commit a Controlled Substance Offense, Conspiracy to Sell or Deliver a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, according to the news release from Gaston County Police.
Forestview High School administration told Gaston Police on Thursday that a teacher may have provided pills to a 15-year-old student while on school grounds that morning.
Police determined that the teacher had given the student four Clonazepam pills, which are listed as a Schedule IV controlled substance in the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act.
They also found that the student who received the pills then sold them to other students and then gave some of the money back to the teacher. The students who received or purchased these pills have been identified.
Pruitt was released on a $15,000 bond.