A primary school teacher who claims she tried cocaine thinking that it was “sugar or salt” has been banned from teaching.
Teacher Barbara Twumasi, 35, was given the Class A drug in an envelope at a wedding party, and tried it.
She said she believed it to be salt or sugar, but a professional misconduct panel found her guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct.
At the time of her arrest, she had been teaching at London's Jessop Primary School.
A report into her conduct, from the Government's Teaching Regulation Agency said: “It is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession.
“Ms Barbara Twumasi is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
“Ms Twumasi admitted that on February 9, 2019, she had been found outside her home, in her car, by the police.”
The police had searched Ms Twumasi and her car, where a metal container was found inside her jacket pocket containing a small clear bag of white powder.
Having been tested by police, it was confirmed that the powder was not “sugar or salt” but cocaine.
Ms Twumasi was arrested at 04:11am.
The panel's decision maker, Alan Meyrick, has stated that Ms Twumasi can apply for the prohibition order to be set aside, but not until December 20, 2023, but will remain barred from teaching until then.
After her arrest, she had also received a positive drugs test, which she failed to declare to her then-head teacher.
When questioned about this by the panel, she said: “I was scared, I knew I had to tell him.
“I just wanted to go in and tell him what had happened and give him the letter, but I was anxious.
“At the time the police had assured me they were going to send the school the information.
“I just relied on the police to provide that information.”
It was also discovered via text messages that she was not, as claimed, given the drugs at a wedding, but she had bought them from a dealer for £40.
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