Teacher accused of selling pot at high school

February 23, 2012 2:37:13 PM PST
There's controversy swirling around Hendrick Hudson High School.

Its principal notified parents that English teacher Tom Oliva was taking an extended leave of absence just as the district was looking into allegations that an unidentified teacher was selling pot on school property.

"He was a good teacher and he doesn't deserve to be brought down to a low level just because of this," said Cameron Rasmussen, a student.

State Police investigated and tell Eyewitness News no students were involved.

But, they didn't file charges because of a lack of evidence and turned their investigation over to the school district, which released this statement: "At this point, we are conducting an internal investigation. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as warranted at the conclusion of our investigation. Due to the nature of these allegations, we are prohibited from releasing any additional details."

"I think it's unfortunate for our school to always get bad press," a parent said.

"I actually asked to write a recommendation for my son for college since Daniel wanted to study film, and he obliged," said Stacey Marra, a parent.

Stacey Marra says Oliva is her son's English teacher and film club advisor.

"It's all speculation, so we're all just waiting to hear what the school district has to say to clear up some of these rumors," Marra said.

Eyewitness News has been reaching out to school officials, but has been unable to get a response beyond their statement.

However, the Board of Education will be holding a closed door meeting Thursday evening.

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