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Ozark Teacher Arrested for Making Meth

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

An Ozark school teacher was recently arrested on a number of methamphetamine charges and still able to teach in the classroom. That has a number of parents upset.

Donna Robbins has taught at Harry N. Mixon School for only three years.

Some Wiregrass residents say after she was arrested on meth charges, she should have been removed from the classroom.

The general consensus is that second grade teacher Donna Robbins shouldn't be teaching anymore.

Last April, Police say involved the manufacturing of meth in the home she shared with boyfriend David Moore which led to both their arrests.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said, "You don't have to be a low-income person to be a user; a lot of people who have good paying jobs have lost their jobs due to getting involved in that drug trade.”

Robbins, who’s known to her students and co-workers as Miss Jones' hasn't reached tenure; in fact, under Ozark city school by-laws she's still on probation.

Even though school lets out for summer vacation within the next few weeks, Wiregrass residents News 4 caught up with say Robbins permanent vacation should've begun when she was arrested.

Area residents living near the elementary school in Ozark are outraged.

"It sends a bad signal to the kids if they think the teachers can do it, its okay for the students to do it," said Sherri Reeves.

"That's one too many times she's already had her chance," said Gus Buser.

"We have choices and when they choose to do that, they have to pay the penalty," said Dr. Myland Brown.

Robbins bond was set at $14,000. When asked if she was using the product or selling it, Ozark police say that is still under investigation.

Ozark city school superintendent Dr. Dan Payant is out of town and could not be reached for comment. News 4 briefly spoke with Mixon's elementary school principal she says she could not comment either.

The Ozark city school board must hold a hearing before terminating a non-tenured teacher.


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