Ga. math teacher charged with giving 18-year-old fatal drugs

Saturday, March 9, 2013 11:15 AM
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WINDER, Ga. -- A Barrow County Middle School math teacher was arrested this week on charges she arranged a drug delivery to her babysitter, who died after ingesting the drugs.

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Now deputies are looking for the person who actually delivered the methadone and Xanax to the 18-year-old victim on Feb. 14, Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said Friday.

“We do have another suspect who is not in custody, but we have taken charges,” Smith said, declining to name the suspect because the person has not been arrested.

Emily Susan Smith, 37, who worked as a teacher for 14 years in Barrow County, was arrested Wednesday on charges of reckless conduct, attempting to distribute a controlled substance and use of an electronic device to deliver a controlled substance.

She was released from jail that evening on an $8,000 bond.

Barrow County Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel released a statement Thursday announcing that Smith was no longer employed by the school system.

The victim, a 2012 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School whose name is not being released, was found dead Feb. 14 at her home by a family member, Smith said.

“She went to bed the night before and did not wake up,” he said.

“It is alleged that Ms. Smith facilitated a drug deal via telephone and had the narcotics delivered to the victim while she was babysitting the suspect’s daughter at the time,” Smith said.

“The autopsy results have not come back yet, but we did get a toxicology report and there were levels of methadone and Xanax in her system,” the sheriff said.

During the investigation, deputies secured the victim’s telephone and it revealed evidence linking Emily Smith to the teen.

“We found text messages between the suspect and the victim about the transaction,” the sheriff said. “That’s how it got started.”

Before arrest warrants were secured against Smith, the sheriff said his investigators conferred with the District Attorney’s office.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/09/13 - 12:30 pm
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She taught middle school and

She taught middle school and the teen was 18.
1) clearly, the girl was not her student and she had nothing to do with the school or with this lady being a teacher.
2). The girl was an adult. This story has NOTHING to do with a school, a student or an underage child.
3) Winder is quite a ways from Augusta. My question is: If this lady were a plumber or an accountant, would this have made news in Augusta? Is the Chronicle going to start reporting on ALL crime in Winder, GA?
Stay classy, Augusta Chronicle. We may as well just start reading the National Enquirer instead.

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 03/09/13 - 12:49 pm
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They do the same thing

With police officers. A guy could have worked for a police dept.for two weeks, twenty years ago but the headline will read: Ex police officer arrested......etc.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/09/13 - 02:11 pm
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GAD, why do you read the AC?

GAD, why do you read the AC?

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 03/09/13 - 02:43 pm
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I wouldn't want my child to have a teacher who dabbled

I wouldn't want my child to have a teacher who dabbled in setting up drug deliveries to anyone...being they are grown or not. REALLY? C'mon...People out there have no clue about what goes on with people. Thankfully, we have some good and caring teachers who would never do anything to hurt our youth. But, you have those that will...whether teachers, preachers, lawyers, doctors, street thugs or whatever. You just have to listen to the info you hear and do what you think is best for your kids. I'd sure hate to be that teacher right now. Sadly, the parents are without their daughter and struggling with this issue.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 03/09/13 - 03:04 pm
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Teacher
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First, good article. Next, put all drug dealers in jail for life! Yes, the teen was not raised very well, but she is still a victim of the drug dealers. If we don't have dealers on the street, we don't have a drug problem.

allhans
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allhans 03/09/13 - 03:15 pm
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Pure evil. It is hard to

Pure evil. It is hard to believe that such people exist. How do they live with themselves.
May God bless those who lost a loved one.

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 03/09/13 - 05:12 pm
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Babysitter?
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Has nobody realized that this idiot was supplying drugs to the person that she put in charge of caring for her own child? Why aren't some child welfare charges being brought against the teacher/mother/employer?

griff6035
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griff6035 03/09/13 - 05:17 pm
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Winder Ga

The Chronicle published-es the Athens Banner Herald a sister paper and they publish each others stories from time to time GAD.

Darby
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Darby 03/09/13 - 05:58 pm
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If we don't have dealers (users) on the street, we....

don't have a drug (dealer) problem.

Chicken or the egg??????????

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/09/13 - 06:18 pm
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Griff6035: Thanks for the

Griff6035: Thanks for the info. But that amazes me, in a way. If they are sister papers, then why the disparity on what comments are allowed on each's web site? Take a gander at the comments on the ABH articles. Yet the most benign, harmless comments get shut down by the AC on its site. Athens and Augusta are only 90 miles apart and Athens is a much smaller community, so you can't blame it on geographical region. Why is Athens more inclined to grant freedom of speech and expression? Do the dogmatic religious folks here have that much horsepower?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/09/13 - 06:17 pm
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/09/13 - 07:03 pm
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Giants

Winder really isn't far from me.....do you realize we have a few posters from this area....outside of Atlanta....
I agree ... reading the AC can be very entertaining....:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/09/13 - 07:05 pm
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For some reason

This article made big news here too....the girl was 18...considered an adult.......strange case though..

Jane18
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Jane18 03/09/13 - 07:18 pm
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A Teacher...

...one of the most influential people in your childs' life. Sometime these people see and talk to children more than the parents. I always want to hear about crummy, dope dealing, liberal teaching, anti-GOD teachers. Who wouldn't?

Lkn4Ans
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Lkn4Ans 03/09/13 - 07:24 pm
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What kind of mother, never

What kind of mother, never mind teacher, supplies the babysitter who is entrusted with their child with drugs?!?!? This screams CHILD ENDANGERMENT in addition to the negligent homicide of the teenager. SMH!!!

Darby
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Darby 03/09/13 - 09:59 pm
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"Why is Athens more inclined to grant freedom of....

speech and expression? Do the dogmatic religious folks here have that much horsepower?"

If I had to guess, I'd say that it's because Athens, being a university town is much more liberal in it's overall makeup. Most college towns are and UGA has that reputation to begin with. Like I said, don't know, just guessing.

Academics, for all their other faults are not as likely to wear their feeling on their sleeves. On the other hand, as strange as it seems, they suck at logic and tend to lean to the dogmatic, regurgitating much of what they absorb in class.

Whether you are a dogmatic Christian or a dogmatic pseudo-intellectual, free speech brings with it a certain level of responsibility.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 03/09/13 - 10:09 pm
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Chicken or egg?
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Darby, sure some folks will create their own form of dope, but crimes are commited to get money to pay the dope dealers. What you do to yourself is no crime, what you sell to others can be. The dealer is first in the chicken or egg race. Put the dealers in jail for life, this will save more money in future crimes and health care cost of addicts than the cost of jail.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/10/13 - 04:13 am
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NEVER ENOUGH POINTS FOR ME.

Government schools = child abuse. You want her teaching your kid middle school math? "Johnny has $400 from his last five drug deals. if each deal was worth an equal amount and involved 5 grams, how much does Johnny charge per gram?" Take a second job or do whatever it takes to get your kid into a good private school!!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/10/13 - 07:33 am
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No drugs at private schools,
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No drugs at private schools, no sir.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/10/13 - 08:23 am
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Bodhisattva

Not at the private school my Grandgirl is going to...you can bet your bottom dollar on that. All parents are involved with school activities, All parents are married, All parents work for a living, All parents are made up as Male & Female, All parents don't have a "Rap" sheet a mile long and All parents love their children.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/10/13 - 09:26 am
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CG

You are correct. Just more envy, don't sweat it. Pretty sad though.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/10/13 - 10:40 am
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oldredneck

I have to differ with you on the dealer thing, for one reason. Where there is money to be made, SOMEONE will step up to make it. The drug trade is so lucrative that judges and officials in the drug producing countries are bought off with sums of money they couldn't earn in a lifetime.

We have spent $$hundreds of billions$$ on the War on Drugs, including incarcerating hundreds of thousands for drugs and associated crimes; and have not made a dent in the drug trade.

It seems to me that we would be better served by working on the demand side of the equation.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/10/13 - 11:03 am
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Hang all the drug dealers

Hang all the drug dealers from a big oak tree. The world would not miss them.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 03/16/13 - 05:14 pm
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itsanothereday1
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Check out the countries that actually practice war on drugs. We just tag em, tune em up and let them go. I say tag em, and bag em, that will stop the problem. Of course we have to make them work and pay thier on way in prision, but that is another article, ain't it?

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