Friday, April 13, 2007


Sheriff: Bossier Teacher Smoked Pot With Teens

A teacher at Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier Parish was arrested Thursday on charges she smoked marijuana with teenagers and bought alcohol for them.

Stephenie Simmons, 35, of Bossier City, was arrested at the Bossier School Board offices in Benton.

Simmons taught seventh grade at Elm Grove and had been a teacher for eight years.

She faces eight counts of unlawful purchase of alcoholic beverages on behalf of people under the age of 21 and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Sheriff Larry Deen said an investigation by the school system's director of security found that Simmons smoked marijuana with 15- and 16-year-olds last summer at a house in the parish. He said she also, on several occasions, bought alcohol for 14- to 17-year-olds.

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