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Campus police arrested William Taylor Duncan, 43, of Linden, a teacher employed by Linden-Kildare CISD, on Tuesday following allegations of suspected possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

According to Linden Police Chief Alton McWaters, he was contacted Monday morning by a confidential informant saying methamphetamine could be purchased from Duncan.

 Chief McWaters provided the informant with $225 to purchase what is commonly called an “eight ball” of methamphetamine. He also provided the informant with an audio/video recording device.

McWaters said the informant met Duncan at Mae Luster Stephens Junior High School, located at 857 U.S. Highway 59 S., in the parking lot during Duncan’s lunch break. According to McWaters, Duncan spoke to the informant through the passenger side window of the informant’s vehicle. Duncan reached through the open window and placed the baggie of suspected methamphetamine on the seat and picked up the cash from the seat.

McWaters said the event was captured on an audio/video device. The informant met with McWaters and gave him the suspected methamphetamine, which has been sent to the Texas DPS Crime Lab for analysis.

McWaters said Duncan was charged on a first degree felony, delivery of control substance in a drug free zone and one charge of delivery of a controlled substance. Two charges for possession in drug free zone were also filed.

On Tuesday, Duncan had posted a property bond of $145,000.

According to a press release from LKCISD, in immediate response the school district placed Duncan on administrative leave.

LKCISD officials first learned of the allegations late on Sept. 10. On the morning of Sept. 11, Duncan was placed on suspension with pay pending investigation, in accordance with LKCISD Board Policy.

The district’s police department is cooperating in the investigation along with the Linden Police Department and Cass County District Attorney.

Superintendent Dr. James Cowley is preparing a written report of the circumstances surrounding Duncan’s suspension to the State Board for Educator Certification.

The press release said school board members have been informed of the situation.

“Reports that Duncan was arrested for selling to students on the Mae Luster Stephens Junior High campus is incorrect,” stated Cowley, “Duncan was taken into custody at the W.A. Parker Administration Building for the allegations of suspected possession and delivery of a controlled substance” according to all reports.

Cowley said at this time, LKCISD is unaware of any other staff members or students involved.

“Providing a safe environment for all public school students is a top priority for our school district,” stated Cowley. “I am appreciative of the prompt cooperation and professionalism extended by the Linden Police Department, Cass County and other agencies as we conduct our internal investigation,” Cowley continued.

Cowley confirmed Duncan has been employed by as a teacher since August 2002.



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