Teacher, 33, charged with drug possession

Old Mill instructor given duties outside classroom

October 19, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

An Old Mill High School teacher was assigned to duties away from the classroom yesterday, two weeks after being arrested in Baltimore and charged with two counts of felony drug possession.

City police said Holly A. Kapp, 33, an English teacher, was arrested Sept. 29 at an open-air drug market in Southwest Baltimore. Officer Sterling Price reported seeing her attempting to buy crack cocaine while she sat in her car in the first block of N. Catherine St.

A juvenile male who allegedly tried to sell the drugs was also arrested.

A search of Kapp's white Pontiac turned up three small plastic containers of heroin, police said.

Anne Arundel County school officials did not learn of the arrest until Friday, when a reporter asked school officials about the arrest.

It was Kapp's responsibility to inform school officials of her arrest, said J. Mark Black, supervisor of investigations and record management for the school system. Not reporting an arrest is a violation of school policy, he said.

The school systems' employees, about 10,000, are registered in a state database, which leads to notification when one is arrested, but that can take weeks, Black said.

"As soon as we know, we take action," said Black.

Kapp, a first-year teacher who lives in Crownsville, is faculty adviser to Old Mill's It's Academic team. She was reassigned to duties at the school district headquarters in Annapolis pending resolution of the charges.

She could not be reached for comment yesterday, and her attorney, Robert J. Kessler, declined to discuss the case.

She is scheduled for trial Nov. 2 in Baltimore District Court.

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