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News10NBC Investigates: RCSD teacher arrested after overdose has been arrested 3 times since August

Berkeley Brean
Updated: December 18, 2019 07:16 PM
Created: December 18, 2019 07:14 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester teacher arrested after she overdosed inside her school exactly one week ago, has been arrested three times in the past five months, and drugs were a factor in each one.

News10NBC obtained the police reports in every instance. 

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We wanted to know if the Rochester City School District was aware of the arrests that we found Wednesday. We also wanted to know if it tests its teachers for drugs. 

Special Education teacher Tracy Lewis, 35 was arrested by RPD last week. 

Lewis was arrested by New York State Police in September. 

Lewis was arrested by Irondequoit Police in August. 

Every single time she was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

When Lewis was found overdosed inside Franklin High School last week, RPD says it found 13 bags containing the lethal drug fentanyl. 

I contacted the RCSD Superintendent's spokesman today.

I asked three core questions:

1. Was the district aware of these earlier arrests?

  • The District says it was not aware. 

2. Does the district randomly test teachers for drugs? 

  • The District says it has a "reasonable suspicion drug testing policy for teachers not a random testing policy."

3. Is Tracy Lewis still an active teacher in the district?

  • The District says she is "on an indefinite leave of absence."

I reached Tracy Lewis on the phone today. Before she hung up she said, "I'm all set man." 

When she was arrested by state police, the police report says Lewis told troopers she had three bags of heroin three days earlier, a school day in the city. But she's also said she had "numerous operations" since she was a child and developed an "addiction to painkillers" as she "lives in constant pain."

When Lewis was arrested by state police, the report says she asked to be taken to rehab. 

The city school district does not randomly test teachers, but when every teacher gets hired they have to take one. 


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