EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The assistant principal at East Hartford Middle School turned herself in to police Friday on charges that she tried to arrange a fake student drug deal.
Police said Amy Watson and a school security officer have been accused of sending a student to buy drugs from another student. They said Watson had been trying to catch the student selling the drugs.
Eighth-grader Louisette Davila said some kids think of Watson as strict and are surprised to hear she was arrested.
"I think it's wrong because, coming from an assistant principal, it's not right to be doing that," she said.
Others said they see it differently. They said they think her intentions were good but that she went about it the wrong way.
Police also said that once Watson learned police were involved, she tried to manipulate the student's story in case any investigators asked him questions.
In a statement, East Hartford Superintendent of Schools Mark Zito said, "The arrest of a district employee is obviously very unfortunate. I can confirm that this employee has been on administrative leave with pay, pending investigation, for the past several weeks. I have been in contact with the East Hartford Police Department, and I am in the process of reviewing this entire matter in order to determine an appropriate course of action for the school district."
Facing charges of risk of injury to a minor and tampering, Watson is scheduled to appear in court again on May 21.