By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Brooklyn elementary school principal has been arrested on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into a maximum-security upstate prison. Sadie Silver, principal at P.S. 28 Warren Prep Academy, allegedly attempted to smuggle heroin and prescription drugs into Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Police said that Silver, along with Michael Acosta and an unidentified 10-year-old child, attempted to enter the 1,000-inmate male prison with significant amounts of contraband.
Silver, 40, had been recognized as star educator and touted for raising the math and reading test scores of children at the Bushwick elementary school. Prior to Silver’s appointment to the principal post, only 28 percent of P.S. 28 fourth graders were reading at a grade level.
In 2012, thanks in part to Silver’s efforts, that number increased to 54 percent.
“We’ve come a long way; we’ve worked very hard,” Silver said at the time. “It’s a work in progress and we won’t stop until we get all students reading at or above level.”
Now, Sliver and Acosta face felony charges of promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
“Silver and Acosta were found to possess a quantity of heroin and suboxone, which they were attempting to deliver to the inmate,” state police Maj. Patrick Regan said in a statement. “Silver and Acosta brought a 10-year-old child with them while they attempted to deliver the narcotics.”
Silver has since been relieved of her duties as principal and assigned to an administrative center away from students.
“We’ve reassigned her away from her school pending the outcome of her case,” Education Department Spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said.
-Associated Press contributing