BY TJ GREEN
This time an elementary school teacher. Diedra Hanna, and her husband Paul were arrested on Sunday after police discovered a grow-op in their garage.
Local police claim to have started snooping around after smelling marijuana coming from the home. Deputies next claim they saw smoke coming from the residence. After calling in Charlotte County Fire and EMS, police entered the residence to investigate. Deputies did not reveal why they were snooping around the Hanna residence in the first place, or how they knew the smell was coming from the Hanna house in particular. Deputies also claim they saw a man throw a bail of burning marijuana over the backyard fence, and that someone had been burning marijuana in the garage.
Police discovered a grow-op in the garage, along with books on growing, and 22.5 pounds of marijuana. Diedra and Paul were arrested, and have been charged with possession, cultivation, and tampering with evidence–all three felonies. Additionally, the couple was charged with resisting, and possession–both misdemeanors. They were transported to Charlotte County Jail.
According to her personnel file at Meadow Park Elementary, Diedra has always been a stellar teacher with perfect scores and no complaints. One mother, Tracy Holtrey, was shocked at the news, and troubled by how to explain the incident to her son. In an interview with local news station, WZVN, Tracy said, “We made him understand good people sometimes make bad decisions.”
As a consequence, Diedra has been placed on administrative leave, and could lose her teaching license. What was her bad decision? Was it her decision to dedicate her life to teaching children, paying her taxes, and obeying the just laws of the land? Or, her decision to subsidize her low salary, so she could keep teaching? I will say it again: the madness must end. Our government does not have the right to destroy the life of another good citizen over cannabis. It’s time to stand up for the Diedra and Pauls of the world. It’s a sad scene if you imagine it. Nice couple at home. He’s working in the garden. She’s relaxing on her day off, or more likely grading papers. And, the cops start sniffing around. Next thing you know he’s burning their meager crop as the cops come crashing in. Now they’ve lost everything. Sad.