Police: NC high school teacher gave student drugs to sell

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Meredith Burris Pruitt

Meredith Burris Pruitt

GASTONIA, N.C. — Authorities say an English teacher in Gaston County was arrested after she gave prescription drugs to a student to sell and they split the money.

Investigators said Meredith Burris Pruitt, 31, faces several drug charges.

Authorities say Pruitt gave a student four anti-anxiety pills to a 15-year-old student, who sold them to other students and brought some of the money back to Pruitt.

School officials say they received a tip Thursday and immediately began investigating. Pruitt was fired that day. She had been teaching ninth-grade English at Forestview High School for nearly two years.

A message left for Pruitt was not returned Saturday. It wasn’t clear if she had a lawyer.

Authorities said their investigation into the incident continues.

Credit: The Associated Press.