Eagleswood Teacher Convicted of Possession of CDS, Loses Job

Michael Palladino Snorted Morphine at School
By Victoria Ford | Oct 09, 2019

Eagleswood — Michael Palladino, the Eagleswood Elementary School teacher who was caught snorting crushed morphine tablets through a ballpoint pen tube at his desk, has been convicted of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and fired. Palladino has relinquished his teaching certificates; the state Board of Examiners voted to accept Palladino’s relinquishment at its meeting of Sept. 19.

The 43-year-old Little Egg Harbor resident was arrested by State Police on Dec. 3, 2018, and charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree possession of morphine and drug paraphernalia, according to a complaint by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Palladino was arrested after he ingested a “controlled dangerous substance through his nostril, at his desk in a classroom during school hours in the presence of another teacher and students,” according to the criminal complaint.

He was in possession of three beige pills containing extended-release morphine sulfate in a plastic bag located in the top right drawer of his desk at the elementary school, according to the complaint. Also located in his desk drawer, police said, was one “homemade, hollow, cut, white Bic pen containing an unknown residue that was used to ingest CDS nasally.”  —V.F.

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