A Western Bay teacher is
defending an allegation that she stole a young student's
A judge-alone defended hearing began in Tauranga District
Court today for the woman who has denied a charge of theft of
the Class B controlled drug Concerta - a prescription drug
which treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The theft is alleged to have occurred between May 24 and 28
The identity of the teacher cannot be revealed due to a
court-imposed suppression order. The name of the school has
also been suppressed but The Bay of Plenty Times can
reveal the woman was a teacher at an intermediate school.
The principal earlier told this newspaper that the alleged
theft was uncovered due to the school's "robust internal
The principal and several staff members will be prosecution
witnesses during the two-day hearing.
The teacher at the centre of the allegation is also currently
undergoing an internal disciplinary process with the school's
Board of Trustees' disciplinary body.
- By Sandra Conchie of
the Bay of Plenty Times