JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said changes are being considered after the arrest of another Duval County teacher.
James Van Richburg has been relieved of his duties at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School pending the outcome of an investigation. The 38-year-old teacher, who taught 7th grade according to the school website, is charged with possession of a prescription drug without a prescription while armed with a handgun, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer without violence.
Deputies in Clay County said they arrested Richburg on Wednesday, along with two others, while executing a narcotics search warrant in Middleburg.
"We are looking at maybe strengthening our input process. We are looking at maybe fingerprinting," said Duval County School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti. "Fingerprinting we do, but drug testing coming in and just looking at making a more stringent application and review process before people come in. But there were at this point from what we've seen, there were no red flags regarding these individuals at this point. But again, we have to wait until we get the facts and we move forward."
According to district policy, if criminal proceedings result in a guilty verdict, a recommendation for termination will be made.
Meanwhile, a Free Richburg Facebook page has been created and now has more than 100 likes.
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