Oct 23, 2015 5:55 PM
ROCHESTER - As the community mourns the death of 17-year-old Eve Tarmey, many are also expressing anger, saying warning signs were there and if something had been done, the teenager might still be alive today.
While Tarmey's cause of death won't be released until toxicology test results come back, it's being looked at as a suspected drug overdose.
Since the news broke last Saturday that Tarmey was found dead in a motel room with her mother and a male acquaintance, NH1 News has received a number of emails from community members claiming it was well known that Eve's mother Jazzmyn Rood has a history of drug use and advertises her escort services in a backpage website ad.
Police would not say if Rood has a criminal record, but NH1 News did find an arrest in 2012 for possession of drugs. Many in Rochester said it was also known that Tarmey herself was doing drugs, and they're accusing Spaulding High School of not doing enough.
An email from someone who wishes to remain anonymous said, "To my knowledge she did go to her teachers many times... They only put the poor girl in ISS (in school suspension), or would send her home when anything about drugs would come up..."
Another person also wishing to conceal their identity said, "The school pretty much just shut her down and sent her back home to where all the problems began. I mean, I think that leaves blood on Spaulding High School's hands."
While these accusations have not been confirmed, we reached out to Spaulding High School. To protect students' privacy they can't discuss any student. So, we wanted to know what protocols are in place if it's suspected one of their students is doing drugs. Our phone call to Spaulding High was not returned. When we paid the principal a visit, we were asked to leave the property immediately.
NH1 News then asked School Superintendent Michael Hopkins what protocols are in place. He refused to say. The only clue to school policy was on the school's website, where it says if a student is found in possession or under the influence of drugs, they are suspended, and parents and police are notified.
Did Eve slip through the cracks? A call to the state Department of Children, Youth and Families asking if child protective services ever investigated Tarmey's welfare led only to the statement that they could neither confirm nor deny that.
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