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Trial Set for Teachers Accused of Smoking Marijuana Inside Elementary School

Two Virginia elementary school teachers accused of smoking marijuana in school faced a judge Wednesday.

Someone told police three teachers regularly smoked marijuana and hashish together in the physical education office at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington, according to court documents. They smoked before school started and tried to use air freshener to cover the scent, the informant said. A warrant refers to excerpts of two men talking about how not to get caught, including using hand lotion and eye drops.

A K-9 unit searched the PE office last week and found narcotics in two desks.

Police also searched a car at the school. PE teachers Luke Lloyd, 25, and Michael Diaddigo, 28, are charged with possession of marijuana and were suspended from the school.

The police informant also said Diaddigo distributed marijuana to other teachers on school property. Police are not yet pursuing charges for that but they are still investigating.

A third teacher is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“As educators, we are obviously shocked and dismayed by this news, and our first concern has been for our students,” a letter from the principal to parents said. “We believe the investigation is only focused on the adults and does not involve any of their interactions with our children.”

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A trial was scheduled for Feb. 13.

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