Maynard teacher's aide accused of supplying pot
MAYNARD, Mass. (WHDH) -- A former teacher's aide at Maynard High School appeared in court Tuesday facing charges that she provided marijuana and alcohol to underage students, and smoked pot with them on school property.
Jennifer Olsen of Maynard was arraigned Tuesday in Concord District Court on eight separate charges including of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and procuring alcohol for a minor.
The 41-year-old Olsen was fired Nov. 5 after she failed to show up for an administrative hearing with school officials.
According to court documents, the 41-year-old allegedly admitted she picked up four boys, took them to a boarded up restaurant in town and behind the Coolidge School to smoke pot and drink.
Her neighbors are stunned.
"I'm just surprised they are really a lovely family. She is a very nice person," said one neighbor.
Olsen left court in a hurry but apparently never went home; her mailbox was still full on Tuesday.
Police say they began investigating after one of the students’ parents came to them after seeing a Facebook post between Olsen and his son in which Olsen said she likes to "get high, too."
The Maynard School Department issued a statement saying:
"The education, safety and well-being and safety of our students remain our highest priority. Ms. Jennifer Olsen is no longer an employee of the Maynard Public Schools as of Nov 8, 2012. We cannot comment further as this is a personnel matter."
Olsen said nothing in court or outside. The former high school teacher’s aide allegedly told investigators she didn't remember exact dates, but believed her get-togethers with students were on a weekend.
"She's just our neighbor. She's very nice -- a lovely woman. Her family is fabulous, they're great people," Olsen’s neighbor said.
Olsen has been ordered to stay away from the victims, witnesses, and the high school itself.