Floyd White, an assistant principal at Dutch Fork High School in South Carolina, was arrested on drug-related charges Thursday, November 29. Dutch Fork, part of the Lexington-Richland County School District 5 system, is ranked among the best schools in the country by Newsweek, and White had an accomplished career in education before his arrest. We’ve got details on his sudden arrest and his career, here.
He Is Charged with Drug Possession
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said they arrested an assistant principal at Dutch Fork High School Thursday morning. Floyd White, 29, is facing multiple charges of drug possession with intent to distribute.
|About Floyd White|
|Address||Lexington, South Carolina|
|Alumni||University of South Carolina Aiken, University of South Carolina|
|Works For||Dutch Fork High School|
Authorities received a tip on Tuesday (November 27) and acquired a warrant to search White’s residence on Ashwood Drive. On Thursday, narcotic agents found cocaine, marijuana, “Xanax,” and “Adderall” in his home and made the arrest.
Although he has been charged with possession with intent to distribute, there’s no evidence that he was distributing the drugs at the high school.
An Assistant Principal at Dutch Fork High School has been arrested on multiple drug charges. @RCSD Narcotics agents say they found marijuana, cocain, xanax, and adderall at Floyd White's home. They say there's no evidence he was selling to students.https://t.co/zm6IbTUQj7 pic.twitter.com/IpItrhoGUU
— Josh Berry (@_joshberry) November 29, 2018
White Has Been Placed on Administrative Leave
Both Dutch Fork High School and Lexington-Richland School District 5 released statements confirming White’s arrest. The school district put White on administrative leave as a result of his arrest.
The district and school have said they are cooperating with the sheriff’s office in the investigation. An excerpt from the district’s statement reads:
“As the assistant principal, White was in a position of authority and influence. Sheriff Lott is asking parents to speak with their children about the circumstances surrounding an assistant principal’s arrest and explain the dangers of drugs. This situation brings to light that drugs affect not only the individual but the community.”
The district declared through the statement that they take all tips seriously and urged anyone with information about illegal activity to contact the sheriff’s office. They declined to further comment on the issue.
Who Is Floyd White?
Floyd’s arrest came as a shock to students and parents at Dutch Fork High School, given that he’s had a stellar career as an educator. He describes himself as an “avid reader” and is involved in athletics including basketball and lawn tennis.
He graduated with a BA in Middle Level Education with certifications in both English and Social Studies from the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2011. He earned his M.Ed in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2015.
White taught English at Schofield Middle School and Dutch Fork Middle School. He was appointed Administrative Assistant Principal at Irmo High School in 2016 before his appointment at Dutch Fork High School in 2017.
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He was responsible for teachers in Math, PE, Fine Arts, Athletics, and students with last names E-K in the zone.
He Coaches the Basketball Team
White was a proficient basketball player as a high school student. He was coached by Bret Jones, who is Dutch Fork’s current varsity basketball coach.
While White’s not officially a coach, he often attended basketball practices and gave tips to the young players. At Dutch Fork, he’s known as “Coach White” and mentors several students, particularly athletes.
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Several students and parents who regarded him as a mentor to young athletes and admire him are in shock over news of his arrest.