Providence teacher charged for marijuana gift

A teacher's assistant at a Providence middle school is accused of bringing marijuana to school and giving it to the school's principal as a gift, police said.

Police told NBC 10 that the 57-year-old Christopher Sheehan went to the principal's office at Nathaniel Greene Middle School and handed her an envelope saying it was a gift after she had received an award for principal of the year.

Police said the principal opened the envelope and found two small bags of pot.

The school department says Sheehan was immediately removed from school grounds and police were called.

"At this time, school and district officials have no reason to believe that any student was privy to or impacted by the teacher assistant's possession of the controlled substance. The delivery of a controlled substance onto a school campus is an intolerable act," Christina Spaight O'Reilly, a Providence Public Schools spokeswoman, said in a statement to NBC 10.

Sheehan faces two drug charges, including delivery in a school zone. He has been suspended without pay.