PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A special education teacher will not be in class any time soon. The Philadelphia teacher is accused of selling drugs in a school zone.
Jennifer Gock is currently suspended and isn’t teaching anyone right now. She was arrested after police say she sold cocaine to an undercover officer on multiple occasions, and officers found even more drugs in her vehicle.
“For someone that’s teaching to be selling drugs, I don’t know how she even got a job like that in the first place,” Folcroft resident Patrick Malin said.
It’s not what you would expect from a special education teacher, but the 40-year-old’s alleged after-school activities landed her behind bars, and Folcroft residents are shocked.
“We do have problems out here, but it’s not a teacher selling drugs. I’m very surprised,” resident Catherine Boyer said.
According to the affidavit, Gock sold cocaine to an undercover officer on four different occasions, and at least once within 1,000 feet of Delcroft Elementary School.
“There’s been a bad drug problem around here, too. So bringing more of it in is the last thing we need,” Malin said.
Eyewitness News attempted to speak with Gock, but no one answered the door.
Gock was arrested on March 4 during a traffic stop after making her fourth sale of $160 worth of cocaine to the undercover officer. In her car, police say they found THC oils, edibles, bags of marijuana, rolled joints and a digital scale.
The Philadelphia School District did not release which school Gock is employed at, but it did release a statement, reading, in part, “The health and safety of our students is our highest priority and all School District of Philadelphia employees are expected to adhere to district policy so that students are protected and supported.”
Gock will remain suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.