Pembroke Academy mum about dean's arrest, heroin at school
PEMBROKE - Pembroke Academy failed to notify parents after one of its top administrators was arrested at the school and charged with possession of heroin and steroids in February.
According to the Concord Monitor, Rekha Luther, 36, of Manchester, was in her first year as dean of students when she was arrested. She resigned her position in March.
Six weeks later, the school district still had not publicly acknowledged Luther's arrest, which happened at the school, or that heroin was found in the school.
Pembroke police Chief Dwayne Gilman told the Monitor that the police department began investigating after a report of hypodermic needles at the school. When the police arrested Luther, he said the arrest was made quietly.
“The kids don’t need to see this stuff, so we did it discreetly, I guess, is the best way to put it,” Gilman said. “Any kind of school issues or public official issues, the kids don’t need to see all this stuff, so we kind of go off to the side.”
The chief also said there is no evidence that Luther bought or sold the drugs at the school.
Luther faces four counts of possession of a controlled drug, including heroin, testosterone propionate, testosterone Sustanon and boldenone undecyclenate. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail the same day she was arrested.
Luther was hired at Pembroke after spending 11 years with the Nashua School District.
Pembroke Academy serves the towns of Pembroke, Allenstown, Epsom and Chichester.