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Turrell, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Turrell Residents React to Teacher's Drug Arrest

TURRELL, AR -- After the Thursday arrest of 47-year-old James David or "J.D." Bodry people in the small town of Turrell where he is employed as a school teacher are speaking out.

Bodry faces multiple drug charges including possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture.

"I don't have children over there or grandchildren left but it's other kids.  There's enough of it going on without a school teacher doing it.  They're supposed to be a role model," said a Turrell woman who wanted to remain anonymous.

Bodry is a teacher at Turrell High School.  On Friday, Superintendent Alfred Hogan told Region 8 News, "Bodry is suspended with pay and that will continue until the legal process regarding the charges is finished."

Meth is a big problem in a lot of Region 8 and residents say it's no different in their town.

"It's no surprise in this area the way the drug dealing is going on," said resident Jack Peden.

"I think a lot of them, not only the young people but the older people, think it's a way of life.  It's extra money," said one resident.

And it's something that could happen anywhere.

"Meth is one of the worst things to ever hit here," said Peden.

Tyronza Police Chief Tony Turner told Region 8 News that James David Bodry is out on a $25,000 bond at this time.  Bodry's next court appearance is on March 24th.

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