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School Psychologist, Bradley Beach Resident, Suspended After Marijuana Arrest

Michele Thompson was charged with distribution of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

Little Silver's school psychologist was suspended by the district following an arrest last month for alleged distribution of marijuana and child endangerment.

Michele J. Thompson, 45, Ocean Park Avenue, Bradley Beach was charged Jan. 21 with distribution of marijuana and several counts of child endangerment following an investigation by Bradley Beach Police, according to APP.com. Harold A. Sturm, 50, also of Ocean Park Avenue in Bradley Beach, was also charged.

Little Silver Board of Education President Christian Smith said the board "became aware of a situation in which an employee was charged with alleged criminal activity." Thompson was suspended by the district shortly after the arrest.

"Because this is a personnel matter, we cannot comment or provide details other than that the individual has been suspended while we gather information regarding the allegations," Smith said.

He added that the alleged activity did not involve any student in the Little Silver school district.

The board approved hiring Helaine Conti as a part-time replacement psychologist at its Feb. 7 meeting at $325 per day, up to three days per week, effective Feb. 8.

Dame Bridgid February 19, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Sorry, I notice the replacement will be part time(3 days a week). Unlike the one who was fired. Schools are required to have one on staff full time.
William Morrisey February 21, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Pretty one-sided comments. It seems that all it takes is one rotten kid to tell a bogus lie and an overzealous, very bored police department and someone's life is ruined. People shouldn't make comments until they know all the facts and the people involved.
jerry moore February 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
William Morrisey, Do you know something the rest of us don't? If so please share. Nothing in the reports tell that any 'rotten kid' led to her arrest with any 'bogus lie' Do you have any knowledge of this? or are you just making comments not knowing all of the facts and the people involved? I don't know all of the facts either but chances are the Bradley Beach police didn't just randomly decide to wreck these two people's lives without evidence.

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