Teacher Overdoses on Fentanyl in Front of Classroom of Students, Authorities Find Drug Paraphernalia in Classroom Closet

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An art teacher at a suburban New Jersey school is facing felony charges after a shocking overdose in a classroom of students.

The Westfield Police Department said it happened at Roosevelt Intermediate School.

57-year-old Frank Thompson was found unconscious and unresponsive on the floor of his second-floor classroom just after 9 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2022.

A school nurse was actively treating him in front of students when the police arrived. An officer used Narcan on the teacher, who started showing signs of improvement.

Police say they found fentanyl and drug paraphernalia in a closet in the classroom.

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While the incident took place in November, Thompson was not charged until Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023.

Thompson faces drug and endangering the welfare of children charges. He is scheduled to present himself to be processed on Feb. 1, 2023.... (Read more)