Ada Public Schools teacher arrested in meth sting

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

ADA, OKLAHOMA - A growing number of parents in Ada said they are concerned after an Ada Middle School teacher was arrested on drug charges.

Ada Police said detectives have been watching 42-year-old Deborah Morrison for a while now but said they got their break during a sting operation Thursday and arrested the Ada Middle School teacher as she was buying methamphetamine.

Residents near Ada public schools said they were shocked to find out about Morrison's arrest.

Ada Public School grandparent Chad Hamilton said, "It's really a concern for all parents now, this is just turning up too much."

Police said they organized a sting operation Thursday where they caught Morrison red-handed trying to buy meth.

"They were basically able to set up a meeting between the suspect and informant and Ada police detectives were able to participate in that and that is how they were able to identify the suspect and make the arrest," Ada police officer Mark Bratcher said.

"Ms. Morrison was someone we have looked at in the past and she got caught up in the operation and got arrested," Ada police chief Mike Miller said.

Police said Morrison was booked into the Pontotoc County Justice Center and was charged with endeavoring to purchase methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a park.

"Its my understanding that once she was questioned she admitted to being involved," Bratcher said.

According to an affidavit obtained by KXII, Morrison did admit to using the drug, but only for recreational purposes.

Morrison is currently out on bail but Ada Middle School principal Bryan Harwell would not comment on whether Morrison would be allowed to continue teaching.

"I think she should be fired," Hamilton said.

"She worked in the school system and that's a pretty big deal if you are using drugs," Chief Miller said. "We are happy we finally caught her."

Parents said they expect a teacher to be a role model for their kids and situations like this are cause for concern.

"He's a precious little fellow to me and I certainly dont want someone to try to entice him to use drugs," Hamilton said.


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