Santa Barbara teacher charged with smoking pot with students

A Goleta Valley Junior High School teacher is facing charges for allegedly smoking marijuana with two students.

Melissa Dunning, 31, of Santa Barbara was charged Wednesday with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of furnishing marijuana. She faces arraignment July 3.

The parents of a 14-year-old student at the school told sheriff’s deputies on May 31 that they suspected their son and the teacher had been smoking pot, Sgt. Erik Raney said. Dunning had tutored the boy at her home.

Investigators said Dunning smoked pot with the teen on three occasions.

A second 14-year-old student participated one of those time, Raney said.

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