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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