Custodian allegedly stole student's medication from locked medicine cabinet

Posted at 10:20 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 22:20:53-04

A custodian at Tuscarawas Valley Middle School resigned after the school determined that he stole a student’s prescription medication from a locked medicine cabinet last month.

The custodian allegedly stole the medication on or about September 25 to 26, according to a letter sent to the custodian on October 1. That letter formally relieved the custodian of his duties, pending the outcome of an official investigation. He was placed on paid administrative leave at that time. He was also told to turn in his keys and informed he was not to have contact with any students or employees of the district, except his union representative. He was also not permitted on school property without specific approval from the superintendent.

Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools’ Board of Education will accept the custodian’s letter of resignation during its regular meeting Monday night, Superintendent Mark Murphy said.

“I’m saddened by what happened, yet I’m grateful it was discovered early, and I’m appreciative of the quick assistance and support of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office,” Murphy said in an emailed statement to News 5.

News 5 will identify the custodian once he has been criminally charged.