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September 1, 2014

Teacher charged with drug possession resigns

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:37 am

SYLACAUGA -- The city Board of Education approved the resignation of fourth-grade teacher Alicia Walker in an emergency called meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Walker, 28, was arrested in April and charged with possession of dangerous drugs.

There was no discussion about her resignation during the BOE meeting, and the action was approved 3-0. Board members Skip Smithwick and Scott Stewart were absent. No other action was taken.

Walker was detained April 2 by Sylacauga Police outside Fort Williams Pharmacy, where she had allegedly filled a forged prescription for Adderall. The pharmacy reported the suspicious prescription to police, and officers were on the scene as Walker exited the pharmacy with the drugs in hand.

Talladega County Drug Task Force commander Jason Murray described Adderall as a stimulant primarily used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. He said adults typically take it for weight loss, because it curbs the appetite.

Walker was held at Talladega County Jail until she was released on $5,000 bond on April 4. 

An Oxford resident, Walker taught language arts and Alabama history, according to the Pinecrest Elementary School website. She has taught in Sylacauga schools since graduating from Jacksonville State University in 2008.

Possession of dangerous drugs is a Class C felony, punishable upon conviction by one to five years in prison, Murray said.

Walker was the second Sylacauga teacher arrested during the 2013-2014 school year. Former middle school teacher Rodricus Thomas was arrested in January on two counts of rape in the second degree and two counts of a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years. 

Thomas, who taught physical education at Nichols-Lawson Middle School, also resigned following his arrest. He waived a preliminary hearing in February, thus sending his case to grand jury.

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