Principal in trouble after meth found in car

July 19, 2012 3:07:52 PM PDT
"Edu key", or-education is key -perhaps an appropriate license plate for a high school principal.

On the back seat, the Holy Bible.

However, in the cup holder of the center console, police say they found a Ziploc bag of methamphetamines in the Silver Suzuki belonging to Flushing High School principal Carl Hudson.

When asked if the findings surprised her, neighbor and teacher Robin Addison said that it did.

On Wednesday night at 8:35, a patrol officer pulled Hudson over when he failed to use his turn signal. This happened at the intersection of Northern and Parsons Boulevard just about a block away from the school.

Not only were there drugs in plain view, investigators say they found a glass pipe in the trunk of Hudson's car.

His Suzuki was parked outside, but there was no answer at his home in Jamaica on Thursday.

"It's sad, it's very sad as educators we've somewhat tarnished our reputation as educators...we're struggling," said Robin Addison.

In a written statement, the Department of Education said that he "had been serving in an administrative capacity, and will continue with administrative duties pending the investigation."

Hudson had already been re-assigned because Flushing is one of two dozen turnaround school slated to close. That decision was overturned by an arbitrator last month.

"Everybody is shocked that's Mr. Hudson - a cool principal," said Flushing High School Graduate Kaleb Lewis.

His former neighbor in Harlem says Hudson offered to tutor her son, and the arrest seems out of character to her too.

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