An armed guard serving as part of the guardian program in Florida’s Clay County has been charged and arrested for possession of cocaine.
Douglas Batchelder, a member of the school’s counter-gunman Guardian team, was reportedly outed by a Clay County Sheriff’s Office K9, following a tip that he may be in possession of drugs.
The dog found cocaine inside of the guardian’s vehicle, slamming Batchelder with penalties that -if convicted- could ultimately result in felony jail time and loss of firearms ownership rights.
According to News4Jax, Batchelder admitted the drugs were his. He was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail.
The Clay County District Schools provided the following statement in relation to the matter:
“Clay County District Schools is disappointed to learn about the arrest of an employee by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The Clay County District Schools Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office with this investigation. The employee, Douglas Charles Batchelder, served as a Guardian since the summer of 2019. Batchelder has since resigned. Clay County District Schools does not tolerate this type of behavior. The District always takes a proactive approach in investigating any allegations of misconduct.”
JUST IN: A Clay County Schools guardian has been charged and arrested for possession of cocaine. The employee was arrested on campus at Middleburg High School. https://t.co/LGOCbbFqiK
— News4JAX (@wjxt4) December 15, 2020
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