Christopher Chiappetta, the Pittsburgh-area substitute teacher who allegedly passed out in an art class shortly after using heroin, had two unusual words for reporters following a court appearance Thursday.
“Roll Tide,” was Chiappetta’s brief comment about his situation. “Roll Tide” is also the phrase used by fans of University of Alabama athletics to show pride for the college’s teams, especially football. The school’s athletic teams are known as the Crimson Tide.
Chiappetta, a substitute teacher at Northgate High School in Bellevue, Pa., waived a preliminary hearing and had one charge against him -- endangering the welfare of children -- withdrawn during a court appearance Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The 26-year-old Pennsylvania sub made headlines last month when he allegedly passed out in an art class Oct. 17. Authorities allegedly found four bags of heroin in his pocket and marijuana in his car, according to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA.
“Unfortunately, it was a very realistic show-and-tell where you can preach the message to students, but they got to see live, firsthand the effects of a drug addiction problem,” Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson, a school resource officer at Northgate, told KDKA. “When a person makes a decision to use a narcotic, and he’s actually being a substitute teacher, that’s pretty severe drug usage, and he needs a lot of help.”
Chiappetta was facing drug possession, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges, but they were waived by a court, according to the Post-Gazette. The paper said the Ross, Pa., resident will most likely be headed to a drug treatment program and receive probation.
Watch Chiappetta's response to a reporters request for comment below: