May 6, 2016

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Medina teacher resigns before drug conviction

MEDINA — Medina Schools officials won’t have to decide whether to fire a middle school teacher convicted of drug charges.

She’s already resigned.

Shannon Briggs

Shannon Briggs, 34, a special education teacher at A.I. Root Middle School, was placed on paid leave in October after she and her husband were accused of growing marijuana in their North Ridgeville home.

Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp said Briggs submitted her resignation in October, shortly after her arrest.

Briggs pleaded no contest in Elyria Municipal Court on Tuesday to reduced charges of disorderly conduct persisting and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was fined $500, given a suspended jail sentence, ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment and placed on probation for a year.

Her husband, Matthew Briggs, 35, agreed Tuesday to waive a preliminary hearing on marijuana cultivation, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering children.

Police said the endangering children charge was warranted because a 3-year-old boy and a 1 year-old infant lived in the house.

His case is expected to be presented to a county grand jury, according to court records.

Neither was charged with drug trafficking. Police said the marijuana appeared to be for their personal use.

Police began investigating the Briggses in August after officers went to the couple’s home in response to a call from a neighbor who reported the front door of their home was open.

Officers reported finding six mature marijuana plants and about 20 seedlings growing in a room in the basement, along with marijuana pipes and a Mason jar full of marijuana.

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