HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville City School leaders told one of their middle school teachers to stay home. Police charged Lewis Gregory with several alcohol and drug-related charges over the weekend. The school superintendent learned of the arrest soon after Gregory was booked.
The website for Ed White Middle School lists Gregory as a Boy's Physical Education Teacher. The website for the Madison County Detention Center lists Gregory as a former inmate.
"The police department had been in contact with Huntsville City School officials on Saturday," said Huntsville City Schools Spokesman Keith Ward.
Huntsville Police arrested 45-year-old Gregory around 3:00 am Saturday in the parking lot of the school where he worked. A spokesman for the department would not say what Gregory is accused of doing.
"Certainly, there will be an investigation. We will have information relayed to us from the police department's investigation as well," added Ward.
WHNT NEWS 19 knocked on the door of Gregory's apartment to ask if he wanted to say anything. Gregory passed up the opportunity.
Police charged Gregory with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and open container of alcohol in a vehicle.
"We have a huge staff and a lot of teachers that are great influences on our kids. They are the ones that create the future leaders. So, it is a shock when you have situations like this," added Ward.
School Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski will make a decision about Gregory's employment status when the investigations are complete. Dr. Wardynski will make his recommendation to the school board when the investigations end.