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Teacher charged in marijuana case


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A Spanish teacher at Lincoln High School was charged Sunday with trying to take marijuana onto a flight leaving Tallahassee Regional Airport and then swallowing it after he was stopped by security. Peter O. MacWilliam, 44, was charged with marijuana possession, a misdemeanor, and evidence tampering, a felony. Police reports said airport screeners found a substance that tested positive as marijuana in a film canister MacWilliam had. He later grabbed the canister off a counter and swallowed its contents, reports said. MacWilliam then told police, "What did you expect me to do?" He has taught at Lincoln since 1997, according to Iris Wilson, an assistant superintendent. "He's a great teacher," Wilson said. "Students love him." The district has had no problems with MacWilliam, she added. Jim Parry, the school district's attorney, said MacWilliam's job status is pending a review of the police reports.

Tallahassee Democrat
Tue, Jul. 20, 2004
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