Deputies: Greenbrier County teacher arrested after soliciting drugs from student

Greenbrier County

A Greenbrier County teacher has been arrested on drug charges after soliciting drugs from a student, according to deputies. 

Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan confirmed deputies arrested 53-year-old Susan Surber of White Sulpher Springs on Monday, January 7, 2019. Deputies said Surber is a teacher at Greenbrier East High School. 

Deputies said Surber had exchanged illegal prescription pills for marijuana and had “solicited the assistance of a student for the marijuana.” Deputies would not go into further detail because the incident is still under investigation. Deputies report there is no indication that any transactions occurred on school property.

Surber was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance. She was released on bond. Deputies said there may be additional charges. 

The Greenbrier County School Superintendent issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Susan Surber.

Administration is aware of the recent arrest of a classroom teacher and the serious allegations asserted against the employee. However, personnel laws that govern school employees prevent the school system from addressing the status of the employee other than to state that the employee is not currently in the classroom and will not be returning to the classroom.  To respond further could compromise the employee’s due process rights in the event adverse action is taken.  We trust the press, parents and public understand our limitations in this regard.  

At this initial stage in the process, administration will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and will continue to monitor the criminal proceedings, all while complying with the legal requirements that must be afforded to the employee.  We appreciate the cooperative working relationship with local law enforcement, and their efforts in protecting our students. The school system will not take any action that could jeopardize or interfere with law enforcement’s process. 

As Superintendent, I will say that I expect, as do the Board of Education members, that all employees are expected to exhibit professional behavior.  All employees are expected to maintain a safe and healthy environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate responsible citizenship by maintaining a high standard of conduct, self-control, and moral/ethical behavior. Anything less is not and will not be acceptable. 

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