Teacher jailed for dealing drugs to pupils and giving them discounts for buying in bulk
A teacher has been jailed for dealing drugs to pupils, with discounts for those who bought in bulk.
Rachel Ryan, 41, offered valium, diazepam, alprazolam and nitrazepam to teenagers she taught at Banbury Academy in Oxfordshire.
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Ryan – described as a supply teacher on her LinkedIn profile – was caught after another teacher seized a pupil’s phone for texting in class.
It showed that the pupil was sending messages to Ryan, who was offering a discount on bulk-buying more than 100 tablets.
She was arrested in June 2016 and police found heroin and class C drugs worth around £1,900 at her home.
They then found that Ryan was illegally peddling tranquilisers to pupils.
These included valium, diazepam, nitrazepam – described as a hypnotic drug used to treat sleeping problems – and alprazolam, a ‘potent’ tranquiliser.
Ryan admitted seven drugs offences, including importing and selling the drugs, and was jailed for 15 months at Oxford Crown Court last Friday.
Det Con Bryan Groves, of Oxford Force CID, said: ‘Rachel Ryan used her knowledge gained as head of Business Studies in her role as a drug dealer.
‘This was seen in one of her text messages where she offered a discounted price if a drug user purchased more than 100 tablets.
‘Rachel Ryan had trust placed in her as a teacher. She had responsibilites and should have been someone for her students to look up to. She abused that trust and has let her students down.’
Ryan pleaded guilty to three counts of being concerned in supply of class C drugs, as well as three counts of importing a class C drug with intent to evade a prohibition or restriction.
There was also an additional count of possessing a class A drug, namely heroin.
After her arrest last year, she was suspended from her job at the school. Following that, she moved to Swansea.