REPORT: Art teacher overdoses on fentanyl in front of students

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An art teacher at a suburban New Jersey middle school has been arrested after he overdosed in front of students, police said.

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. on Nov. 29, 2022, according to the Westfield Police Department.

Police said that Thompson was first observed in distress by students and was actively being treated by a school nurse when officers arrived.

The teacher was injected with naloxone hydrochloride, otherwise known as Narcan, by the responding officer who immediately recognized signs of a drug overdose when he arrived at the scene.

According to police, Thompson quickly improved and further investigation led to the discovery of fentanyl and paraphernalia in the classroom closet.

The school district had the classroom sealed off and sanitized.

Thompson was charged on Thursday with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, endangering the welfare of children, and a disorderly person offense.

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