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Apr 20, 2016 11:21 AM

Pembroke Academy parents finally get some answers about then-administrator's heroin arrest

PEMBROKE - The Pembroke Academy School board addressed the on-campus arrest of a former school official facing drug charges at a meeting Tuesday night.

Frustrated parents finally got some answers about the arrest of Rheka Luther. Parents still had been left in the dark after she was arrested and resigned two months ago, accused of having heroin on campus.

The main concern was why the school made the decision to keep it quiet.

"Why was the dean allowed to resign instead of being fired on the spot?" asked one parent. "Who is responsible for the decision not to notify parents of the arrest?"

The school addressed some of the lingering questions during Tuesday's meeting.

"While the arrest is public information, legal advice was obtained that we should not be discussing the arrest as it pertains to a personal matter," Chair of the school board Tom Serafin said. "Since there is not a continuing risk, a decision was made by the school to defer from making an announcement about the arrest in order to allow the police to conduct a criminal investigation."

While some parents remain at odds with the decision, some students said they are still worried about their safety.

"No police has come in and asked anyone about what's happened or if anyone was sold anything" said Jonatha Decker, a sophomore at Pembroke Academy.

She says she felt the need to attend the meeting because the school board has yet to hear from students.

"Maybe if they heard it from a student, and they understood what was going on in the school, it would sink in more," she said. "I think we should be told more about it and have everyone feel more comfortable knowing about it and being able to come forward."

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