Not That Kind of Party: New York Woman Sells Drugs at Elementary School Dance?!
There’s plenty of things you can supply for an elementary school’s Halloween dance: candy, decorations, snacks, disposable flatware and utensils. Schools officials would almost certainly accept those donations, especially with school funding being as limited as it is.
However, when one chaperone to the dance was caught attempting to sell Percocet in a Benjamin Cosor Elementary School bathroom during the Halloween celebration the response was anything but gratitude.
Times Herald-Record reports that Lisa Mitchell was arrested on November 2nd after an attentive parent took note of “suspicious activity” occurring in the bathroom. The unidentified parent reported the activity promptly leading to an investigation and the arrest. James Farrell, the Sullivan County District Attorney has expressed non-tolerance for such serious criminal activity and thanked the parent for being proactive in resolving the situation.
It is unclear if Mitchell was targeting students or chaperones with her attempts to sell the prescription medication or by what means she obtained the drugs in the first place.
On November 11th the 33 year old was sentenced to six years in prison and an additional two years of supervision following her release. Unfortunately that means her child(ren)- assuming she was a parent of a child attending the dance- will now suffer from her decisions. While the media has not made mention of any children involved, growing up motherless for six years is hardly ideal.
Hopefully if there was a child under Mitchell’s guardianship at the time of her arrest trusted family members were able to take custody. Too many children in the foster care system are separated from their families due to drug offenses. Reportedly 75 percent of children in foster homes were placed because of substance abuse problems with one or both parents. This is an unfortunate trend that has grown over the last two decades in an unfortunate mirror of the increased use of illicit substances.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.