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Phillis Wheatley Elementary Staffer Arrested on Drug, Child Endangerment Charges

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Amy Brittingham (Photo: Bridgeville Police Department) Amy Brittingham (Photo: Bridgeville Police Department)

BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Police say a support staff member at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Bridgeville is facing multiple drug, child endangerment and related charges following her arrest Tuesday on school premises. 

Bridgeville Police Chief Robert Longo said 42-year-old Amy Brittingham, of Magnolia, is charged with 31 counts, including possession and consumption of controlled or counterfeit substance, six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and 24 counts of child endangerment. 

According to Longo, Brittingham's arrest stemmed from an investigation that got under way when some children in a fifth grade classroom observed Brittingham ingesting some form of medication and "acting strangely." 

"It wasn't her normal behavior," Longo said. 

According to the chief, Brittingham's actions caused the alarmed students to alert school administrators, who after conducting a medical check on Brittingham, contacted police to investigate. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia in Brittingham's possession, Longo said. He emphasized that Brittingham did not take the heroin in the presence of the children.

Longo praised the students for taking the initiative to contact authorities about what they witnessed in the classroom.

"Based on the positive interaction between school staff, the police department and the children, the children felt comfortable," Longo said. "It's a textbook example of what we train kids to do."

Following her arrest on the aforementioned charges, Brittingham was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $14,000 secured bond. 

Brittingham has been suspended, according to Woodbridge School District officials.

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