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Teacher's assistant fired after heroin charges

Posted September 6, 2012

— A high school teacher's assistant arrested this week on heroin charges has been fired.

A Johnston County Schools spokeswoman said Thursday that Winston Antonio Evans' employment was terminated Wednesday.

Evans, 29, who worked at Smithfield-Selma High School in Smithfield, faces four counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing heroin and one count of possession of a firearm.

Authorities said that the alleged offenses happened between Feb. 22 and March 15 and that, on one occasion, he distributed heroin "in, on or within 1,000 feet" of the high school.

The school district has said that no students or other staff members are involved in the allegations.


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  • ewcheercoach Sep 6, 2012

    If you really think school administrators are doing a big cover up job for teachers or assistants selling drugs- you need a reality check. I don't know a single school principal with the inclination to do that- much less the spare time. And I also don't know of anyone who gets notified before the drug dogs get brought in to any school.

  • fayncmike Sep 6, 2012

    How can they fire someone who hasn't been convicted of a crime? I bet if he is or isn't convicted he'll be seeing a bundle of money from the school system.

  • ady2756 Sep 6, 2012

    No surprise!!!I have always been amazed when I talk to my children and hear about all the issues in our schools. But, JOCO has been lucky see Wake County kepts so much drama going on all the time that JOCO is over looked but it will hit down her sooner or later. I don't understand why principals and staff are notified before the dogs come in they never do surprise searches. Lets no address what goes on our buses no down. But, JOCO has the right people in the right places and most of the time they can handle an cover tracks gets this open was just too big for them.