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Friday, September 1, 2006

Teacher resigns in wake of drug charge


Diane Soule resigned her teaching position today, two days after being arrested on drug charges.

A replacement has already been hired for the Forest Avenue School fifth grade teacher and will be in class Tuesday, Hudson Public Schools said in a statement today.

"Our primary concern now is that we address the needs of those students who were to have or have had Ms. Soule as a teacher," the statement said.

The district will have counselors available for students and parents Tuesday morning.

Soule, 55, was arrested Wednesday night smoking cocaine with two other adults in the kitchen of a Hudson apartment, Police Chief Richard Braga said.

Armed with a search warrant, police forced their way into the Pope Street home shortly after arresting a Clinton man they believe sold the group the cocaine, Braga said.

Hudson Superintendent Sheldon Berman said, "Clearly the charges are very serious and we take that very seriously."

Soule had been a fith grade teacher for at least 14 years and has been with the district for more than 30 years, Berman said in an interview yesterday.

"She is a dearly loved and well respected teacher and a very effective teacher," he said. "We are very shocked by this and very saddened by it."

Soule spent five hours in jail before being bailed out about midnight. She was arraigned today on charges of illegal possession of a class B substance, cocaine; distribution of a class B substance, cocaine; and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws, Braga said.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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