Chatham assistant teacher charged with weapons, drug violations

Staff writerMarch 25, 2010 

Elizabeth Truitt, 49, an assistant teacher at Silk Hope School, was charged with having a loaded handgun on school property and stashing an ounce of marijuana in a trash can on the campus.

— Chatham County deputies charged an assistant teacher at Silk Hope School with having a loaded handgun on school property and stashing an ounce of marijuana in a trash can on the campus.

Elizabeth Truitt, the 49-year-old school employee who also drives a bus for the Chatham County school system, was charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Truitt, of 247 Baltimore Road in Advance, was released on a $10,000 bail and scheduled to appear on court on April 12.

Investigators put the school on lockdown during the incident, according to a Chatham Sheriff's department report.

The investigation came about after the sheriff's department was tipped that a school employee had a gun on campus.

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