A teacher at Kingsview Middle School was one of two Montgomery County Public Schools employees picked up in a raid on so-called underground “pot parties” by District of Columbia Police on February 1.
Metro Police charged Scott Price, a digital art teacher who works at both Kingsview Middle School in Germantown and Wheaton High School, and Erin McKenna who is a high school guidance counselor at Sherwood High School with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
A letter was sent home to Kingsview Middle School parents today, Feb. 15 from Principal Dyan L. Harrison stating, Price had been arrested in DC on misdemeanor drug charges and that school was only just made aware of the charges on Wednesday, February 14.
The story of McKenna’s arrest, which was first reported by WJLA on Wednesday, also mentioned that Price and another individual, Joshua Myers, were also arrested by DC police in the same incident.
According to charging documents, Price, McKenna, and Myers were selling the drugs at a vendor table set up at a D.C. nightclub called The Mason Inn located at 2408 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest. On February 1, police raided at 6:45 pm to find Price and company in possession of 102 assorted marijuana edibles, five capsules containing a brown liquid, nine bags of marijuana, and two glass jars full of pot.
The letter from Principal Harrison went on to say, “We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students. The staff member is on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.”
At his arraignment on Friday, February 2, Price pleaded not-guilty to the charges. He has a status hearing scheduled for March 7.
MCPS Director of Communications, Derek Turner said MCPS would not have been directly informed of the arrests because they happened outside of Montgomery County. “Felony arrests in the jurisdiction are shared directly with MCPS through our partnership with MCPD if it is known that the employee is an educator.”
However, according to published MCPS policy, “After they are hired, MCPS requires that all staff members self-report if they are arrested or criminally charged for any offenses listed in this regulation, as well as the disposition of any ensuing criminal proceeding.”
“Any person employed by MCPS in any capacity (including but not limited to full or part-time, probationary or non-probationary, employed in a temporary or seasonal capacity, or substitute teachers) shall report an arrest or criminal charge for any of the offenses listed below to DCI within seven business days of such arrest or criminal charge,” the policy states.
According to the letter sent to parents, MCPS did not become aware of Price’s arrest until 10 working days after he was charged, and that came only after it was made public by the WJLA report.
According to his LinkedIn account, Price has worked at Kingsview Middle School and as a Foundations of Technology Teacher at Wheaton High School since August 2017, but he worked for MCPS previously from October 2004 to July 2013 as a print and graphics teacher. He had also worked as a professor at both Montgomery College and Frederick Community College in the past.
According to Fox5DC, this raid was the latest to happen in the District as police crackdown on so-called underground pot parties.
Last month, officers arrested 22 people in a large-scale marijuana bust at XO Restaurant and Lounge in Northwest D.C. According to D.C. law, it is legal to possess and gift a limited amount of marijuana, but it remains illegal to sell marijuana.
File Photos by Germantown Pulse