INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Public Schools confirmed Friday that two assistant coaches for Northwest High School were arrested on marijuana-related charges.
“That’s horrible!” says Northwest High School parent Kimberly Wrencher. “What kind of role model is that for the kids?”
Michael Malone and Jarell Smith were arrested Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana and felony dealing in marijuana weighing between 30 grams and 10 pounds. Malone’s possession charge is a misdemeanor, while Smith’s is a felony.
The two were caught less than a half mile from the school.
“That makes it even worse,” says local resident Albert Bledsoe. “You have to set an example. I mean they look up to them as an example, so you have to set that example.”
IPS issued the following statement:
“Two IPS employees were arrested on marijuana-related charges on Thursday, September 8. This incident did not happen on school property nor did it involve students, and the employees did not return to school after the arrest. Both employees have been suspended pending further information.”
The parents we spoke to all agreed a suspension, and if convicted, firing is the right thing to do.
“You teach the kids to stay away from drugs and everything and then for the coach, someone who’s a role model that’s teaching the kids playing sports and everything,” says Wrencher. “For them to get caught up in marijuana, like, that’s horrible. I don’t think that’s acceptable at all.”