SEATTLE - A drug-and-alcohol counselor at a Seattle high school has been indicted on drug conspiracy charges.
The U.S. attorney's office says Robert Henry Smith, an intervention specialist at Rainier Beach High School, was arrested Thursday night. Court papers say a confidential informant made four controlled buys of oxycodone from him beginning last month.
The 59-year-old was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Friday on charges of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of oxycodone.
Prosecutors say none of the alleged drug dealing occurred on school property or involved students. Smith has been placed on paid leave from the Seattle School District.
However, from the story in the Seattle PI online:
While the first two purchases took place at Smith's Skyway home, the third drew Smith away from Rainier Beach High to meet with the informant, prosecutors allege.
"Law enforcement observed Smith leave Rainier Beach High School during school hours, and meet the (confidential source) approximately two blocks away from the high school to conduct the drug transaction," Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisca Borlchewski said in court documents.
So he left the school to allegedly sell the drugs. That's thoughtful.
But what are the kids at RBHS going to think? Did he ever sell to them? Did he ever laugh to himself about his job at RBHS and what he also did on the side to make a living?
Do people like this ever think about how this hurts kids who knew him personally and trusted him (not to mention co-workers)? Do people like this ever think about what this says about a school that doesn't have a stellar reputation?
Silly me. Of course not.
This is one person and not RBHS. I hope that we all keep this in mind and try to defend that school from people who will want to assume the worst about the whole school.