Summerville school teacher arrested on drug charges

Terri Wooten, 49, a fourth-grade teacher at Summerville Elementary School, was arrested on drug charges April 17, 2013, after Berkeley County deputies searched her house on Douglas Wayne Road in Ladson. Hill-Finklea Detention Center photo

A Summerville Elementary School teacher was arrested on drug charges Wednesday in Berkeley County.

Terri Wooten, 49, a fourth-grade teacher, and David Eugene Cauthan, 39, both of Douglas Wayne Road in Ladson, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, distribution near a school, possession of a schedule 4 narcotic and possession of LSD, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, during a search at the home, agents found the components to manufacture meth, nearly a half ounce of a white powder that tested positive for meth, about 2 grams of marijuana, 12 doses of LSD and 46 Xanax pills.

Wooten and Cauthan were being held at the Hill Finklea Detention Center Thursday.

“We did get information from Berkeley County Law Enforcement this morning that a teacher at Summerville Elementary had been arrested,” said Dorchester District 2 spokesman Pat Raynor. “The board policy is very specific. The individual is placed on administrative leave with pay until there’s a resolution of the situation.”

Principal Lori Dibble’s “immediate priority was to take care of the children in that class,” Raynor said. “This morning a qualified teacher has been moved over to that classroom. The main concern is certainly that there be no disruption to those children.”

According to the school’s website, Wooten started teaching in Dorchester 2 in 1988 and took a few years off when her two children were young.

This year she had been teaching the same class of all girls that she taught in third grade last year.

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