Saturday, September 09, 2000

Teacher quits over pill charge

Accused of giving legal stimulant

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN — A Warren East High School teacher who allegedly distributed over-the-counter pep pills to three students has resigned.

        Shane Mercer was under internal investigation regarding allegations that he supplied Vivarin to three girls in a first-period class Aug. 24, the Daily News of Bowling Green reported.

        Dale Brown, school superintendent, declined to comment. Mr. Mercer could not be reached.

        Vivarin is a legal, caffeine-based pill used to combat drowsiness and fatigue.

        Each tablet contains about 200 milligrams of caffeine — the equivalent of about four 12-ounce Mountain Dew soft drinks.

        Ricky Basham, the father of a 14-year-old girl who said she was given a pill, said he is pleased with the outcome.

        Mr. Basham said Mr. Mercer called him this week and apologized.


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