Teacher arrested at Bozeman School

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Southport - Bay County Sheriff's Investigators arrested two students and one faculty member at Deane Bozeman School Thursday morning on drug related charges.

Authorities say one of their drug dogs alerted on the suspects' vehicles during a routine parking lot sweep. Bozeman's girl's soccer coach, Daryl Shumate, was suspended from his job until further notice after his arrest Thursday morning on misdemeanor drug charges.

Bay County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Shumate after a drug dog alerted on his vehicle during an open air sweep in the school parking lot.

"If we feel there's a need, or if there's an event coming up we get information from the students that there maybe something, then we may call and request it," said Principal Bill Payne.

The dog also alerted on two students' vehicles. Authorities say they found less than 20 grams of marijuana in each of the three vehicles. Payne says this is the first time that the drug dogs have alerted to a teacher's vehicle.

"I guess the message is that it doesn't matter who it is. It's something that we cannot accept or tolerate, and I hate that it happened this way," said Payne.

Deputies also found two rifles and a hand gun in Shumate's vehicle, but he won't be charged because they were all in gun cases.

"Florida statue allows a persons over 18-years-old if the firearms is securely cased and not readily accessible to be carried in the vehicle," said Major Tommy Ford.

All of the charges are misdemeanors, but the two minors could face up to ten days of suspension or even expulsion, and Shumate may be fired.

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  • by concerned parent Location: PCB on Mar 5, 2011 at 02:54 AM
    Do I need to reminde every one drugs are against the law on or off school property.I agree bozemen is not the only school with a problem. I have just discovered that arnold high school has a serious problem and nothing is being done. Kid doing drugs right under teachers noses there so yes the need to drug pop over there I know for a fact they have a big problem that is being swept under the rug so lay of the school and start checking out the other schools he did wrong so now face the price you pay for breaking the law. Bet the never check arnold though. It has been reported yet nothing is being done there it is every where not just bozeman.Get your dogs to Arnold High and make it really random and you would be suprised what is found there
  • by Former Student Location: Sandhills, FL on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    I went to Bozeman High School from the time it opened until I graduated. The school is not a bad place, but some teachers make bad decisions. You can argue that "pot isn't bad" but, it is ILLEGAL and he is a TEACHER. When he took that job he knew he was supposed to follow rules and set a good example. So, not matter how great of a person he is, he broke the law. If someone you hated got caught with drugs, you would be happy this was happening. And as for the guns, thats stupidity. He lives a couple miles from the school, if he was going hunting he could have easily went home and got his guns. There is no excuse. As for the drugs, no one will know if he was selling or not. The point is, he had drugs on school property. That just proves he thinks he was too smart to get caught. News Flash, no one is.
  • by kaykay Location: southport on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    Shumate dont deserve 2 be fired i <3 shumate hes a great guy that made a bad decidiom i love you shumate i want u back as my teacher <3
  • by Dwayne Location: lynn haven on Feb 8, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Wow, we have a teacher with guns and drugs in his car at school, and you think this guy is amazing? This shows you why Bozeman ranks so low in the county. This guy is one of the best teachers they got "according tho the posts on thi site", and he is a gun totting drug addict.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    What i think is funny is that Mr. Shumate is an amazing teacher and he brings weed in the TRUNK of his car (not where everybody knows it) and he can possibly be fired? What in the world is this school system coming to? Im not saying by no means that what he did is ok but look at these situations??Come on, for real? People really need to pay attention to what is REALLY going on.....
  • by Anonymous Location: Southport on Feb 8, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    Let me assure you Jason that it is students supporting this activity not adults. Bozeman is an awesome school with wonderful teachers and administration and we do not support this behavior. Mr. Shumate is a great guy but he made a bad choice and so did the other students that got arrested, let's hope there are some lessons learned.
  • by Jason Location: PCB on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    This guy needs to be fired. After reading some of these posts, I would never send my kid to Bozeman. I don’t know what they put in the water up there but it’s hard for me to believe that you would defend a person that would knowingly bring drugs onto school property. How is this role model supposed to stand in front of your kids and say don’t do drugs when he is obviously so addicted to weed that he would knowingly jeopardize is job to bring pot onto a school campus. This guy is no different from any other scum bag drug dealer or user we read about all the time. Fire him and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
  • by Bozeman Student Location: South port on Feb 7, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Wow Shumate might get fired but the other two kids might get 10 day of OSS or explotion (or how u spell it ) I Support Mr shumate all the way
  • by PROUD BOZEMAN PARENT Location: SAND HILLLS on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    jobeibi, well lets see... there are 5 highschools... so you do the math if you can on one hand.
  • by Rick Location: Youngstown on Feb 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Another casualty of the war on drugs. Is it worth it?
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