Apr 2, 2016 11:54 PM

Pembroke parents react to delay in information about administrator found with heroin


PEMBROKE - Pembroke Academy failed to notify parents after one of its top administrators was arrested at the school and charged with possession of heroin and steroids in February.

READ: Pembroke Academy mum about dean's arrest, heroin at school

According to the Concord Monitor, Rekha Luther, 36, of Manchester, was in her first year as dean of students when she was arrested. She resigned her position in March.

Six weeks later, the school district still had not publicly acknowledged Luther's arrest, which happened at the school, or that heroin and steroids were found in the school.

"We all have kids going to school here and for number one, you put it out there, you don't hide it. You put it out there and deal with it," Pembroke resident Brian Murphy said. "When we found out about this we were really shocked that this happened in February like mid- February, and nobody's known about this until like today."

Pembroke police Chief Dwayne Gilman told the Monitor that the police department began investigating after a report of hypodermic needles found at the school. When the police arrested Luther, he said the arrest was made quietly, which left some students shocked and confused.

"Drugs are not a big problem here and I hope that doesn't reflect on what our school is about cause there's a lot of good teachers and counselors," Pembroke junior Alexandra Biron told NH1 News.

“The kids don’t need to see this stuff, so we did it discreetly, I guess, is the best way to put it,” Gilman said. “Any kind of school issues or public official issues, the kids don’t need to see all this stuff, so we kind of go off to the side.”

The chief also said there is no evidence that Luther bought or sold the drugs at the school.

On Saturday, the school's headmaster sent an email to parents.

However, some parents believe that they should have been notified much sooner.

"We got a phone call on Tuesday that they lost power, but we don't get a phone call when somebody here had heroin and steroids?" Kristine Mooney, a mother of a Pembroke student, said. "It's still too late; we should have known. We should know if there's a pedophile on campus, a druggie, we should know. We pay these people to keep our kids safe."

Luther faces four counts of possession of a controlled drug, including heroin, testosterone propionate, testosterone Sustanon and boldenone undecyclenate. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail the same day she was arrested.

Luther was hired at Pembroke after spending 11 years with the Nashua School District.

Pembroke Academy serves the towns of Pembroke, Allenstown, Epsom and Chichester.


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