Tulsa Public Schools teacher suspended following drug arrest

WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. - A Tulsa Public Schools teacher has been suspended with pay after being arrested as part of a Wagoner County drug bust Tuesday morning.

Jennifer Willis, 27, is an eighth grade English teacher and assistant cheerleading coach at East Central Junior High School.

She was one of four arrested in Wagoner County on drug charges and one of 18 since Friday.

Deputies, armed with a warrant, arrested Willis in the 700 block of South Lincoln in Wagoner. Michael Jenkins, 31, and Sammy McKinney, 39, were also arrested at the residence.

Willis was arrested on possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers say the drug used was marijuana.

"These students look to her. You know, she's a teacher. She's supposed to be here helping us learn and stuff," said Sue Yanez.

Yanez has three grandchildren at East Central Junior High School.

"I don't know what our world's coming to. We just have to worry about our grandkids and kids more and more each day," she said.

Some students say people should give Willis the benefit of the doubt.

"It's like judging a book by its cover, you know. Like you don't even know the person. They're just like believing the rumors. That's how drama gets started," said seventh grader Johanna Avila.

Avila says Willis is a good person.

"But if she didn't do anything, then I don't see why she has to worry," she said.

TPS says they have 10 days to make a decision on her employment.

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