The Bethlehem Police Department arrested a Bethlehem Central Middle School teacher this morning for unlawful possession of marijuana. The School Resource Officer was alerted by school staff that there was an unusual odor in a classroom. With the assistance of school staff, the School Resource Officer investigated the complaint and reportedly found Steven P. Costopoulos, 56, of Ballston Lake, New York, in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The following message was issued to middle school parents by BCSD Superintendent Jody Monroe:
I am writing to inform you that a middle school technology teacher, Mr. Steven Costopoulos, was placed on administrative leave today. Mr. Costopoulos teaches seventh and eighth grade students at the school.
This action stems from complaints received this morning about an odor in Mr. Costopoulos’s classroom. The odor in the classroom was reported to BCMS Interim Principal David Doemel who took immediate action to investigate the matter.
Upon investigation, a small quantity of marijuana and a pipe were found in Mr. Costopoulos’s coat. The Bethlehem Police Department was contacted immediately and Mr. Costopoulos was issued an appearance ticket for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation.
Families of students in Mr. Costopoulos’ classes have been notified by Interim Principal Doemel.
The district’s number one priority is the health and safety of our students. I am sharing this information with you to give you the opportunity to discuss this issue with your child. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com or by phone at 518-439-7098 or contact Mr. Doemel directly.
Superintendent of Schools
Costopoulos was processed and released on an appearance ticket pending a court appearance in Bethlehem Town Court on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m.
As it is a personnel matter, the district has declined to comment further pending the outcome of the investigation.