A Union County school bus driver has been suspended from her job after she was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Monroe police say Shannon Lynn Broome, 42, was cited at her home early Sunday morning. According to investigators, police arrived at the house on Pinedell Avenue after a noise complaint.
An officer who responded said he found a young man in his SUV, apparently drunk. Police also said they found a small amount of cocaine in the vehicle. Police identified the teen as Jerry Lee Turner, 19.
Investigators said a search of the Pinedell Avenue home turned up marijuana, other drugs and alcohol inside the jacket of another teen.
Broome and another woman inside the home were charged with misdemeanors. They were ticketed at the home but were not arrested.
"They may not think that they are held to a higher standard," Monroe Police Sgt. Mike Smith said. "But in the students' eyes, they are. And [the students] look to the behavior of adults, and when they see that kind of behavior they think it's OK. It's not OK."
Police say the jacket with the drugs belonged to 18-year-old Cody Ian Clyne. He left the home before police could talk with him, and now there is a warrant out for his arrest.
A spokesperson for the Union County Public School system released this statement:
"[Broome] has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation. Because Friday is the last day of school, she will most likely be suspended for the rest of the school year."
She drove in the Porter Ridge area of the school district.