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Teacher jailed for selling drugs to students with big discounts for those buying in bulk

By Alexis Bell 7:07 AM November 30, 2017
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Parents are worried that universities may not be safe after a teacher was fired for selling drugs to her students.

Police in England were alerted by a teacher at Banbury Academy in Oxfordshire after she came across a text message exchange between another teacher and her student.

According to police, the teacher who called police had confiscated her student’s phone during class and was shocked to discover that the student was communicating with another teacher.

In the text messages, business studies teacher Rachel Ryan, 41, was offering drugs with big discounts if the student bought more than 100 prescription pills.

Ryan offered the student Valium, diazepam, alprazolam, and nitrazepam, according to police.

Police received a search warrant and raided Ryan’s home. They found more than 2,000 pills and heroin in her possession.

Ryan was arrested and was immediately suspended from her job.

“Rachel Ryan used her knowledge gained as head of business studies in her role as a drug dealer,” Detective Constable Bryan Groves said.

Ryan pleaded guilty at the Oxford Crown Court to 7 drugs offenses.

A judge sentenced her to 15 months in prison.