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Teacher charged with sale of drugs in schoolgrounds

A female teacher and her de facto husband will face court charged with selling marijuana to students in the schoolgrounds of a Toowoomba Catholic boys' high school.

The woman, 32, and her partner were charged after police allegedly found plastic bags of marijuana during a search of the couple's home at Hampton, 32km north of Toowoomba, last week.

The woman was suspended from her job at St Mary's Christian Brothers College on 12 June.

School principal John Coman sent a letter to parents yesterday advising of the ``most serious allegations'' against the teacher.

It is understood police cautioned students who were allegedly supplied drugs but no charges were laid because they are juveniles.

In the letter Mr Coman wrote ``a small number of boys have obtained marijuana directly or indirectly through the suspended staff member and another person not connected with the college''.

``It is important to understand that in this situation, if the allegations are proven, the boys are the victims of an adult in a position of trust,'' Mr Coman said.

The woman and her de facto, a nurse, will appear in Toowoomba Magistrate's Court next week to face 18 counts of supplying dangerous drugs to minors.

St Mary's College, Toowoomba

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25 Jun 2002