Elementary School Teacher Accused Of Snorting Morphine In Front Of Students

Blister packet of 10mg morphine sulphate tablets

An elementary school teacher in New Jersey was arrested after he allegedly snorted a morphine pill in front of students. Michael Palladino was arrested and charged with official misconduct, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials said that Palladino had three morphine tablets in a bag in his desk and used a "homemade, hollow, cut, white, Bic pen" to snort the crushed opioid. The complaint said that there was a teacher and student present when he ingested the drugs while sitting at his desk.

Palladino is a teacher at Eagleswood Township Elementary School, which has around 300 students in Pre-K through sixth grade. It is unclear what grade Palladino taught. 

The school has not issued a statement on Palladino's arrest and his employment status at the school is unclear. 

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