Teacher and Son Arrested for Growing Marijuana at Home: Deputies

Victoria Thomason, who has been teaching at the Martin County school district for eight years, was removed from the school.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 10:42 AM EDT
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Teacher and Son Arrested for Growing Marijuana: Deputies

Martin County Sheriff's Office

Russell Thomason, Victoria Thomason,

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A Florida middle school social studies teacher and her son were arrested after deputies in Martin County found 58 marijuana plants inside their home, authorities said.

Victoria Thomason, who has been teaching at the Martin County school district for eight years, was removed from the school until the investigation is completed, WESH reported. She will continue to get paid.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said his office was able to get a search warrant to search the home of 55-year-old Thomason and her 25-year-old son, Russell Thomason.

Both were arrested after the search turned up the plants.

"It is, I think, a little more onerous because we see a teacher doing it, somebody in a position of trust," Snyder told WESH. "Parents are sending their students to her classroom in good faith, wanting the right message. And this is certainly not the right message."

According to the sheriff’s office, Victoria Thomason said she was growing the marijuana for her son’s medicinal use. But Snyder did not believe her.

"My sense would be that there's more marijuana growing there than somebody would need for personal use," Snyder said. "My impression and belief is that it was being sold."

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