West Gadsden High School Math Teacher Under Investigation

Rashid Ormsby
Posted at 1:09 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 09:43:12-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A West Gadsden High School math teacher is under investigation after deputies found a white, powdery substance in his belongings.

According to documents from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the high school by the principal who said that the teacher, Rashid Ormsby, was acting abnormally. Deputies were told that students and staff had also reported Ormsby's behavior to the principal.

The principal suspected that the teacher may have been under the influence.

Deputies then went to Ormsby's classroom to go watch him. 

When they did, they found that he was sweating profusely and disheveled, had trouble focusing, and couldn't multi-task. They also noticed a white colored residue on his shirt sleeve, noting that his classroom did not have chalkboards.

Deputies also noticed that Ormsby's eyes were glossy and he had "a white type foam or coating" on his lips. The report says the officers also noticed what seemed to be a bluish colored injection mark on the inside of the teacher's right arm.

Eventually deputies got Ormsby to admit to not feeling well, and escorted him out of the classroom. 

GSCO said that when they took him to the resource deputy office, Ormsby continued to sweat despite the office being cooled. They said he also kept closing his eyes while talking as if they were heavy.

Eventually deputies contacted EMS because they were concerned for Ormsby's health.

As EMS arrived, a security officer told deputies that Ormsby ad admitted to using drugs over Spring Break and asked the security officer to give him a urine sample so he could pass a drug test requested of him by the Gadsden County School Board.

The security officer also told them that he asked the school counselor and student were were waiting in the area once the officer declined.

Ormsby was eventually brought to Patient's First in Tallahassee after signing paperwork.

While waiting outside, deputies discovered a Zip Loc bag with a white substance inside on top of Ormsby's belongings in the patrol car he was transported in.

A field test on the substance tested positive for meth/MDMA. It was sent to the FDLE crime lab to be analyzed.

Ormsby was not arrested on March 24. Deputies say that this case is still under investigation.