A Wake County teacher facing charges of running a meth lab in her north Johnston County home and endangering a child has resigned her position.
Lori Riley Whitley, 38, a third-grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002, resigned effective July 1, according to Lisa Luten, a Wake County schools spokeswoman. Whitley had been suspended with pay by the district after her arrest in May.
Lori Whitley and her husband, Gary Nelson Whitley Jr., 41, who live at 109 Big Branch Court south of Zebulon, were arrested May 14 after the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division served a search warrant at their home.
Officers dispatched a State Bureau of Investigation decontamination team to handle the chemicals found in the alleged meth lab, sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said.
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Authorities said they found an 8-year-old child in the home.
Lori and Gary Whitley each face four felony and two misdemeanor charges. The felony counts include manufacturing methamphetamine; conspiracy; maintaining a dwelling; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The misdemeanor charges are for child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lori Whitley was released from the Johnston County jail, but Gary Whitley remains held there under a $208,000 bond.