Officials have announced that a woman in Mount Washington, Kentucky, has been taken into custody after she was caught giving marijuana and alcohol to minors at a New Year's party. The woman is said to be a teacher with the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). According to a report that was cited by local media, 36-year-old Lindsey Lewis worked as a special education teacher at the Phoenix School of Discovery.
WDRB reported that Lewis has been employed with the school district since 2016. She was arrested early on January 1 morning after police officers said that they received calls about a party in a residence and went to break it up on New Year's Eve. The party was reportedly said to have had a group of teenagers attending it.
We’re learning more about Lindsey Lewis, the woman who is accused of giving 14 minors alcohol and marijuana at a New Year’s Eve party. @JCPSKY says she is a special education teacher at the Phoenix School of Discovery. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/ByYr9suNCw— Lexie Ratterman (@LRatterman_WDRB) January 2, 2019
According to the arrest report, authorities said that they were called to a residence in the 300 block of Boaz Lane in the Mount Washington area a little before 1 am.
One of the neighbors had called and told the police that there were several teenagers driving to and from the teacher's home and that they had also trashed her property in the process of it.
Authorities said that they got to the scene and a few minors were spotted trying to leave the property. The officers also counted 40 people at the party out of which 14 of them were under 18 years of age.
The arrest report also stated that responding officers were able to smell marijuana at the home and they saw a few cans and bottles of alcohol lying about throughout the home. The officers then said that a few of the teens admitted that they drank alcohol and smoked marijuana at the party.
The officers finally spoke to Lewis, who told them that she was the adult who had been in charge of the party. The authorities said that she, "knowingly hosted a party in which she knew or assisted" the 14 minors to either be exposed to the marijuana or alcohol or partake of the substances.
Lewis was arrested by the Mount Washington Police and was charged with 14 counts of engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor. Renee Murphy, a spokesperson for the JCPS, said that they are still looking into the matter and figuring out how best to proceed.
She said that generally when a teacher is arrested, they will have to report to the district for reassignment while the case is going on in court. According to Murphy, Lewis still hasn't done that. Her being reassigned will mean that she will not be returning as a teacher when school reopens on January 7.