Little Silver School Psychologist Suspended After Marijuana Arrest

Michele Thompson was charged with distribution of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

Little Silver's school psychologist was suspended by the district following an arrest last month for alleged distribution of marijuana and child endangerment.

Michele J. Thompson, 45, Ocean Park Avenue, Bradley Beach was charged Jan. 21 with distribution of marijuana and several counts of child endangerment following an investigation by Bradley Beach Police, according to APP.com. Harold A. Sturm, 50, also of Ocean Park Avenue in Bradley Beach, was also charged.

According to Little Silver Board of Education President Christian Smith, the board "became aware of a situation in which an employee was charged with alleged criminal activity." Thompson was suspended by the district shortly after the arrest.

"Because this is a personnel matter, we cannot comment or provide details other than that the individual has been suspended while we gather information regarding the allegations," Smith said.

He added that the alleged activity did not involve any student in the Little Silver school district.

The board approved hiring Helaine Conti as a part-time replacement psychologist at its Feb. 7 meeting at $325 per day, up to three days per week, effective Feb. 8.

Andrew Coakly February 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
It's just weed.
Heartsick Mom February 27, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Nobody cares that she gets high. The issue is that she and her husband were getting 14 year olds high.
Heartsick Mom February 27, 2013 at 07:28 PM
You could say the same about alcohol . . . but would you be giving it to 14 year olds? Especially to kids that are not your own? Doubtful.
RetiredTeacher May 08, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Anything new on this case?
Patrick Flanagan May 25, 2014 at 06:01 PM
I’ve known Michele for a number of years, both personally and professionally, and I have noticed that a lot of people posting comments were curious about the outcome of this case. The case was investigated by the Police, by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, by DYFS several times, and it even went to the Grand Jury. Throughout all of that, no evidence to support the charges were found, and the Grand Jury ultimately “No Billed” the case (meaning there was no evidence to support an indictment). DYFS also found no merit to the allegations. The record was expunged, which means that legally the incident never occurred (and never should have). This is scary because it could happen to any of us. We could be just living our lives and something like this could happen and before we know, everyone runs with it and then it just spins out of control. So many of us are so quick to believe the worst about people, I hope that people find the facts that show the truth to be otherwise is just as important to everyone.


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