Substitute Teacher Arrested

The Bay County school district does not drug test teachers or substitutes, but at least one school official says it wouldn't hurt after learning a substitute allegedly did drugs with her students on campus this month.

School district officials say a lengthy and in-depth screening is done on all district applicants, but that in-depth screening doesn't include a drug test. Some say it should.

Twenty-six-year-old Jeaneen Tyndall is free on $10,500 bond. During a first appearance early Thursday morning, a judge ordered Tyndall to stay away from students and the campus of Bozeman Learning Center in Sand Hills where she worked as a substitute teacher.

Bay County sheriff's investigators say Tyndall, two boys and a girl, ages 15 and 16, smoked pot in her car on campus after school. She then drove them to a gas station off Highway 77 and snorted Oxycontin pain pills with two of the students.

Tyndall was never drug tested before she began teaching at Bozeman.

"We do not do random drug screening for teachers or substitutes, only bus drivers. I think drug screening would be a valuable tool. It would be another screening process."

Bay district schools has changed its screening policies before because of substitute misconduct. Just last October, 24-year-old Cornelius Campbell, a substitute teacher at Bay High School, admitted he had sex with a 17-year-old female student. Since then the school district has implemented a professional practices orientation for all substitutes.

"When a substitute goes into the classroom, they are the teacher of record. They're expected to abide by the same code of ethics as teachers do."

Now, some are wondering if that code of ethics should include drug screening. Richardson says drug testing is a decision the district has the power to make, not the state. She says one reason the district may not do random drug screening is because of the high cost of testing.