A substitute teacher filling in at a Pittsburgh high school was arrested and held on bond after passing out, high on heroin in front of 11 students Wednesday.
The man was substitute teaching at Northgate High School in Pittsburgh. (Image source: KDKA video screenshot)
According to KDKA-TV, 26-year-old Christopher Chiappetta took a break around noon while subbing for an art class in the Northgate School District. Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson, who works within the district, told the local news station he thought something seemed strange about Chiappetta's behavior, and when he went to check on the class, Chiappetta was passed out.
“Unfortunately, it was a very realistic show and tell where you can preach the message to students, but they got to see live, firsthand the effects of a drug addiction problem,” Hudson said.
Administrators woke the man up and he initially denied being under the influence of anything. That is, until four baggies of heroin and marijuana were found in his possession, according to KDKA.
“When a person makes a decision to use a narcotic, and he’s actually being a substitute teacher, that’s pretty severe drug usage, and he needs a lot of help," Hudson told KDKA.
Chiappetta faces drug charges and potential endangerment charges for his actions.
Watch KDKA's report about the incident: