RLMS teacher arrested

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 29, 2008

NATCHEZ — A Robert Lewis Middle School teacher was arrested Wednesday on charges of simple possession of marijuana.

Roosevelt M. Green, the school’s P.E. teacher, was arrested at his house on Wednesday morning.

The school’s principal Sekufele Lewanika said while Green has not officially been suspended or fired, he is not currently working at the school.

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“It was a shock to me,” Lewanika said.

Lewanika said he first learned of the incident on Thursday, one day after the arrest.

Superintendent of the Natchez-Adams School District Anthony Morris said Green is currently on administrative leave.

While Morris said he was not at liberty to discuss details of the case, he did say all of the districts policies and procedures are being followed.

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said the arrest, stemming from a tip to the police department, yielded two bags containing approximately five grams of marijuana each.

However, the Metro Narcotics Unit made the actual arrest.

Mullins said any amount of marijuana below 30 grams qualifies as a misdemeanor.

Director of human resources for the Natchez-Adams School District John Sullivan said the matter is being investigated by the school board.

“It’s a personnel matter and it’s under investigation,” he said. “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty.”

Green, 26, is a first year teacher at Robert Lewis Middle School.

Sullivan said Green, who recently moved to the Natchez area, is a licensed certified teacher.

He was released on $1,000 bail one day after his arrest.