Around 16 underage students went on a different kind of trip when a high school teacher brought cannabis and alcohol onboard.
Former Southwest High School teacher Monique Garcia allegedly provided cannabis and alcohol to minor students who were part of the school’s Outdoor Adventure Club during a school camping trip in February 2019.
According to Deputy District Attorney Stephen Marquardt, Garcia enlisted a 17-year-old student to drive her to a nearby grocery store to purchase alcohol, followed by a stop at a marijuana dispensary. She allegedly provided both substances to students on the trip.
“When we take our kids to school, when we drop them off at school, when we entrust a teacher or a coach or whoever it may be in an educational setting with our children, we are expecting that our children are in safe hands, that they’re being protected and they’re being nurtured,” Marquardt told the Times of San Diego. “She violated that trust. She endangered those children.”
Garcia has been charged with felony counts of using a minor to transport cannabis and furnishing minors with cannabis, and misdemeanor counts of endangering children, contributing to the delinquency of minors and providing alcohol to minors.
She now faces a sentence of up to eight years and four months in state prison if found guilty. The 50-year-old remains free on U$100,000 bail with a court appearance scheduled for May 11.
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Written by Emma Spears