WESTFIELD, NJ (TMX) – A middle school teacher has been arrested after allegedly overdosing on fentanyl in his classroom last November.
Frank Thompson, a 57-year-old teacher at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, was found unconscious and unresponsive in a second-floor classroom just after 9 a.m. Nov. 29, 2022, according to the Westfield Police Department.
Police said Thompson was first observed in distress by students and was actively being treated by a school nurse when officers arrived. A responding police officer immediately recognized signs that indicated the teacher was overdosing on drugs and injected him with naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan, that he carries on his person, cops said.
Thompson quickly showed signs of improvement, according to police. During a subsequent investigation, police discovered fentanyl and paraphernalia in the classroom closet.
In a letter to parents, the school district said the classroom was sealed off and then sanitized, Fox 5 reported. While the incident occurred in November, Thompson was charged on Jan. 5 with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children and a disorderly person offense, police said.