Tuscarawas Valley Middle School principal resigns after traffic stop leads to marijuana bust

ZOARVILLE, Ohio - A Tuscarawas County principal resigned his position this week after a February traffic resulted in a citation for drug possession.

Scott Young, who is on unpaid leave until July 31 when his resignation becomes effective, was stopped February 6 evening after he left Tuscarawas Valley Middle School where he’s worked as principal for the last three years.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says troopers detected a “strong odor” of marijuana after Young failed to stop for a stop sign. They then found a small bag of pot in a coat pocket.

Young was not taken into custody.

He was initially put on paid administrative leave and asked to take a drug test but then requested an unpaid leave, which the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Board of Education granted during a special meeting Thursday evening.

The board also agreed to accept his resignation.

“I will say that Mr. Young has been a strong, respectful building principal,” said Tuscarawus Valley Superintendent Mark A. Murphy via email, “I am thankful for his three years of service to the students, staff, and families of our school district.  I care deeply for Mr. Young and his family and am sensitive to their needs.  Yet, I have the responsibility to properly investigate and address issues brought to my attention.  I must do what is best and right for our school district.”

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