SWAMPSCOTT — A well-regarded veteran high school guidance counselor has been charged with breaking into a colleague’s house to steal prescription drugs, raising questions about the impact on an aggressive campaign to deter drug use among students.
Thomas Healey, 50, a Swampscott resident, was spotted in a Humphrey Street backyard sometime after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, when he broke into a house through an unlocked window, according to Detective Tim Cassidy. "He went to get prescription medicines."
This is the guy who put together the “your voluntary attendance is required” waste-of-time drug lecture for parents. You remember—the meeting were parents were required to attend, but were threatened by the police if they tried to speak?
Too bad Healey didn’t speak—from personal experience.
Healey was the school’s adjustment counselor, involved in efforts to institute a firm "no tolerance" policy with regard to drug use by the students.
"There’s no shame in being an addict," he said in a 2009 interview with the town’s weekly newspaper. "People do recover. But don’t pretend it’s not there. You are as sick as your secrets."
So here’s the question: Will the Swampscott school goons Principal Layne Millington and School Superintendent Lynne Celli now have a “voluntary/mandatory” meeting for all teachers, staff and administrators?
And to all the parents who were bullied into listening to this pill-popper hypocritically lecturing you to “Just Say No”—where do you go to get your wasted evening back?
Most important, will the parents and taxpayers of Swampscott finally grow a spine and tell the school bureaucrats to stuff it the next time they threaten to punish your kids if you don’t obey?