Manatee High teacher released from jail

BRADENTON - A Manatee High School teacher facing drug and theft charges after he threatened to take a gun to a school function was released from jail today after he posted bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Web site.

Christopher Potter told Bradenton police investigators police he had been stealing school property and pawning it to feed a drug addiction, according to police. He was arrested Thursday at the school.

Potter had been acting “erratically,” according to district officials, and was notified Thursday he would be placed on paid administrative leave and his contract would not be renewed, said Margi Nanney, spokeswoman for the Manatee County School District.Potter

When Potter was notified, he told another staff member at the school he was going to bring guns to an upcoming faculty event, according to police. The staff member notified administrators, according to Deputy Chief William Tokajer.

Police said they also learned Potter had been stealing school electronics and pawning it to purchase Roxicodone pills.

Potter told police he sometimes takes as many as 10 pills per day, spending about $80 a day to support his habit, according to police reports. Potter was in charge of the audio and visual department and had unlimited access to the school’s electronic equipment.

Potter was released from jail after posting bonds totaling $12,750. As of Thursday night, Potter faced five counts of grand theft, five counts of dealing in stolen property, two counts of drug possession and one count of resisting arrest.

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