ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The state agency that licenses public educators is investigating a South Georgia high school coach who was suspended for not reporting a player caught with marijuana while away at a tournament in Statesboro.
The Dougherty County School System reported an incident with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission concerning Westover Basketball Coach Dallis Smith. The commission is now looking to see if Smith made any ethical violations that should result in sanctions.
"It's pretty routine standard operating procedure anytime something like this happens," said J.D. Sumner, DCSS Spokesman. "To let them make a determination on whether or not they wanted to investigate it or not at that point."
The PSC voted to investigate the situation last week.
"The commission did in fact authorize staff to conduct an investigation and so right now we are in the process of conducting that investigation," said Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary Georgia Professional Standards Committee.
Smith admitted that he got rid of his player's marijuana, by flushing it down the toilet, instead of reporting it to authorities when his team was at a hotel in Statesboro during a tournament on December 28th.
"We expect our teachers and staff to make sound decisions," said Sumner.
PSC officials say if they find substantial evidence of an ethics violation they could take one of several actions.
"We could either issue the educator a warning, we could issue the educator a reprimand, we can suspend the educator's certificate for a period of time up to but not to exceed three years or we can revoke the educators certificate," said Henson.
PSC officials say the investigation could take up to about a month.