Wayne High School Employee Faces Drug-Related Charges

By Emma Koch - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A Wayne High School employee is facing drug-related charges that were filed Friday.

27-year-old Marcus L Falkner, an administrative assistant at Wayne High School, made his initial appearance in court Monday morning.

According to court documents, detectives from the Fort Wayne Narcotics Bureau served a search warrant at Falkner's home where he lives with two roommates. Detectives found several "foil boats" which are handmade smoking devices used to ingest methamphetamine, hollow tubes used to ingest meth and a straight pipe with a "chore boy" which police say is commonly used to smoke crack cocaine.

Items in the home were field tested and tested positive for meth.

Falkner admitted to police that a glass pipe that had been found in a bedroom closet was used by him to smoke "spice", according to court documents. Falkner told them that the other paraphernalia belonged to his roommates.

A Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson confirmed that Falkner is an employee at Wayne H.S. and has been employed there since December 2007. He was arrested on school grounds Friday.

Falkner is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Wayne principal John Houser sent a letter home Monday to students' parents acknowledging Falkner's arrest. While Falkner was not specifically mentioned by name, Houser says no students were involved.

"Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to inform you of a situation regarding one of our employees. On Friday, a Wayne employee was arrested on drug charges. At this time, FWCS has no reason to believe that there was ever any connection to the school or that any students were involved. Due to the seriousness of the charges, the employee is now on leave from Wayne. As this is a situation that took place in the community and not the school building, we will allow the proper authorities to handle the investigation and take the appropriate action.

While this is an unfortunate circumstance to have happen within our school family, the staff here remains focused on academics and making sure students are learning in a safe environment. If your child asks about the situation, you may want to use the opportunity to talk to your child about the dangers of drugs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 467-6400.


John Houser

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