Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gibbs High teacher suspended from teaching after marijuana arrest

ST. PETERSBURG — As Gibbs High School administrators are cracking down on discipline this year, a science teacher facing criminal charges has been removed from her classroom.

Julie Giles, 31, was arrested on Aug. 14 after St. Petersburg Police deputies accused her of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The arrest took place before the school year started, and she has not been allowed back in the classroom until a Pinellas County school district investigation is completed, district spokeswoman Andrea Zahn said.

"I can tell you she's been administratively placed in a district location at a non-student work site," Zahn said. That location is not at or near Gibbs.

Giles has been a teacher at Gibbs since 2004, and has no prior arrests in Florida.

Gibbs principal Kevin Gordon could not be reached for a comment Friday.

Gordon and other administrators announced changes as school opened this week. They are hoping to change Gibbs' culture and image as a struggling institution.

Gibbs is the only high school in the Tampa Bay area to receive an F this year, and according to district data, more students were suspended there last year — 22.6 percent — than at any other high school in Pinellas.

Among some of the new changes: Droopy pants will be pulled up with zip ties and fighting kids will be pepper sprayed.

Emily Nipps can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8452.

Gibbs High teacher suspended from teaching after marijuana arrest 08/28/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 28, 2009 6:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Road Ranger hurt after truck catches fire in crash at I-275, Busch

    Blogs

    TAMPA — A Road Ranger was seriously injured when a drunk driver ran into the back of his truck on Interstate 275 and both vehicles burst into flame, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    Brian Nelson Barrett, 42, of Wimauma, was headed north on I-275 in his Road Ranger truck Saturday morning 10/21/17 when a car hit him from behind, causing both vehicles to erupt in flames.
  2. Nicked-up Lightning vs. Penguins tonight

    Blogs

     

  3. Trump to allow the release of JFK assassination records

    Politics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

    FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade in Dallas. Riding with Kennedy are First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, second from left, and her husband, Texas Gov. John Connally, far left.  President Donald Trump, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017,  says he plans to release thousands of never-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  (AP Photo/Jim Altgens, File) NY107
  4. Romano: C'mon Rick Baker, tell us how you really feel about Trump

    Local Government

    A brief timeline of presidential politics in St. Petersburg:

    Rick Baker, center,  waves to drivers while holding a sign that reads "Thank You" along with his family and supporters.
  5. In St. Petersburg mayor's race, Rick vs. Rick is also Rays vs. Rowdies

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — Maybe before the NFL's national anthem uproar you assumed professional sports were apolitical endeavors. You'd be dead wrong in the case of St. Petersburg's mayoral race.

    Rep. Janet Cruz D-Tampa, left, Rafaela Amador, Tampa Bay Rays Senior Director of Public Relations, center, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman talk with reporters during a press conference at Signature Flight Support in Tampa after returning from Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 11. (WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times)