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Catholic high school teacher accused of smoking cannabis with students

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One of the students was an adult and others were minors

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A now-former high school teacher in Minnesota has reportedly been charged for allegedly smoking illegal cannabis with a number of students.

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According to FOX 9, the 32-year-old man who used to teach at Cathedral High School in New Ulm, a 1.5-hour drive from Minneapolis, faces criminal charges. He is charged with a felony count of weed possession and three gross misdemeanours of contributing to the delinquency of a child, the station reports.

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Possession of recreational cannabis continues to be illegal in Minnesota, although the potential punishments for small amounts are not harsh. Having 42.5 grams or less of cannabis is a misdemeanour charge punishable by a US$200 ($268) fine and no jail time, per J.S. Defence. More than that amount, but less than 10 kilograms, could mean a felony charge carrying a fine of US$10,000 ($13,400) and five years in prison.

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As for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Minnesota law notes that the maximum penalty for the gross misdemeanour is a year in prison and a US$3,000 ($4,020) fine.

The local police were called on Jan. 14 after a school administrator, The Free Press identifies the person as a supervising priest, to report the now-former teacher had been smoking cannabis with three of his students, one an adult and two minors.

The administrator was told one incident occurred last November and that the same thing happened several other times at the teacher’s home, FOX 9 reports. The bud was reportedly provided by the teacher for free.

Bring Me the News identified the person providing information to police as a 17-year-old student who, along with another underage student and an adult student, picked up the teacher and visited a sandbar along the river in November. While there, the teacher allegedly smoked a joint and offered it to the students.

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A subsequent search warrant was served on the man’s home, with cannabis, a weed grinder, a bong and cannabis wax being recovered.

The teacher, who FOX 9 notes is no longer employed at the school, was arrested and released after posting bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14.

Disappointingly, this is not the first time teachers and students have shared some bud. Just this past December, a fifth-grade teacher at an elementary school in New Jersey was charged after allegedly supplying a 13-year-old student with vodka, vape pens and THC oil for more than two years.

And two years earlier, in 2020, a California high school teacher was accused of supplying 16 minor students with cannabis and alcohol during a school camping trip. The teens were part of the school’s Outdoor Adventure Club.

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