In a statement released by Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley, it was revealed that a temporary cafeteria worker at Jewel M. Sumner High School in Kentwood, Louisiana, was taken into police custody for allegedly selling cannabis edibles to students.
The cafeteria worker was later identified as 45-year-old Tymetrica Cohn. It was a student that notified authorities through an app called Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa P3, which is an online portal created to anonymously report crimes.
In the statement, Superintendent Stilley said, “The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to our school system. I want to commend this student who saw something and used the P3 app to bring this threat to the attention of our school officials and law enforcement.”
A subsequent statement released by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office uncovered that Stilley was working in a substitute capacity and wasn’t actually employed by the school system, but through ESS, a staffing agency. Ultimately, she was arrested and charged with one count of possession/distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and another for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug-free zone.
"The safety and well-being of our students are paramount. We encourage using the P3 app to report anything they feel threatens their ability to learn in a safe environment," says Chief Jimmy Travis.
At this time, Cohn remains in custody at Tangipahoa Parish Jail and the investigation is on-going.