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Police: Substitute teacher encouraged students to smoke pot

(Somersworth PD)

Police in New Hampshire have charged a former substitute teacher who they say encouraged middle school students to smoke pot and gave one student a vaping device. Twenty-year-old Elisha Mahar, of Rochester, was arrested Thursday and charged with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It wasn't immediately known if she had a lawyer, and a phone number for her couldn't be found. Authorities say a school resource officer at Somersworth Middle School spoke with Somersworth police on Oct. 13 after he learned Mahar had invited students to smoke and had given a student a vaping device while she was a substitute teacher. Interim Superintendent Connie Brown says the school district is cooperating fully with police. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 26.

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