Teacher accused of giving alcohol to teens

January 20, 2019

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. - A teacher at Tug Valley High School in Mingo County, West Virginia, has been charged with two counts of child neglect creating the risk of injury and two counts of contributing to a minor.

Kandace F. Dick, 31, of Freeburn, Kentucky, which is in Pike County, is accused of providing alcohol to a 17-year-old and 15-year-old Wednesday while at her job at Tug Valley High School, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court.

The two high school teenagers were injured after their teacher provided them alcohol at school and they crashed when she let them use her vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

The arresting officers were Mingo County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Joe Smith and deputy Jeremy Casey.

The complaint said after giving the students alcohol, she gave them the keys to her vehicle and let them drive to a nearby gas station to buy food.

When the students decided to switch drivers, the youngest juvenile lost control and wrecked the vehicle, causing bodily harm to both students, according to court records.

Both students were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

Dick was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court by Jim Harvey. She reportedly started as a teacher at Tug Valley High School in August.

“Mingo County Schools and the Mingo County Board of Education are committed to the safety and security of our students and staff. This matter is currently under a thorough investigation. The school administration and the district are working in partnership with all appropriate agencies,” stated Superintendent of Schools Don Spence.

Kyle Lovern is editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-236-3526 or via email at klovern@HDMediaLLC.com.