Sarah Jayne Duncan, a middle school teacher at Evansville, Indiana’s Helfrich Park Stem Academy, decided to let her hair down for a photo at the school’s recent “family fun night.” When she walked away though, students found “a blueish colored velvet-type scrunchie with a white zipper on the table. They noticed the scrunchie was heavier than a typical scrunchie, they opened the zipper pouch and observed a glass vial that contained a white powder substance that the two believed to be drugs along with a cut straw with white powder,” according to court documents.
The students notified a teacher and, later, two custodians stated that they saw Duncan “frantically searching for some kind of hair tie” after the party. Meanwhile, police tested the powder and it was indeed methamphetamine.
When Duncan was brought to police for drug testing, officials say they observed her try to falsify her results.
“While conducting the third test, [an officer] observed an unauthorized collection container fall from Duncan’s shorts,” the affidavit states.
She apparently “told police that she had been wearing a similar scrunchie that evening, but was not wearing the one found containing the drugs.” Duncan is no longer teaching at Helfrich Park Stem Academy.