Meredith Pruitt, North Carolina teacher, arrested for allegedly using students to sell drugs

Meredith Pruitt, 31

(CBS/WBTV/AP) GASTONIA, N. C. - Authorities say an English teacher in Gaston County was arrested after she gave prescription drugs to a student to sell and they split the money.

Investigators say 31-year-old Meredith Pruitt faces several drug charges.

According to authorities, Pruitt gave a student four anti-anxiety pills to a 15-year-old student, who sold them to other students and brought some of the money back to Pruitt.

School officials say they received a tip Thursday and immediately began investigating.

CBS affiliate WBTV reports that it was determined that the teacher had in fact provided the student with four Clonazepam pills, which are listed as a Schedule IV controlled substance in the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act.

The investigation also revealed that the student who received the pills then sold them to other students and then gave part of the proceeds of the sales to the teacher. These students who received or purchased these pills have all been identified as well.

Pruitt was fired that day. She had been teaching ninth-grade English at Forestview High School for nearly two years.

Pruitt was released on a $15,000 bond. Authorities say their investigation into the incident continues.