State Police: Eagleswood Teacher Snorted Crushed Opiates at His Desk

Dec 12, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Eagleswood Elementary School teacher Michael Palladino is facing serious charges after snorting crushed morphine tablets through a ballpoint pen tube at his desk, as witnessed by students and another faculty member.

The 43-year-old Little Egg Harbor resident was arrested by State Police on Monday, Dec. 3, and charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree possession of morphine and drug paraphernalia, according to a complaint by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Palladino was arrested after he ingested a “controlled dangerous substance through his nostril, at his desk in a classroom during school hours in the presence of another teacher and students,” according to the criminal complaint.

Palladino was in possession of three beige pills containing extended-release morphine sulfate in a plastic bag located in the top right drawer of his desk at the elementary school, according to the complaint. In addition, police said Palladino also had one “homemade, hollow, cut, white Bic pen containing an unknown residue that was used to ingest CDS nasally.” It was also located in his desk drawer.

The district superintendent, Deborah Snyder, has not been available for comment.  —V.F.

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