Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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BELLE CHASSE, La. -- A Belle Chasse high school teacher and his roommate are behind bars after police found drugs in their home.

The arrest of a Belle Chasse high school social studies teacher and basketball coach sent shock waves through the community.

'It is a slap in the face, absolutely,' said parent and grandmother Pauline Lirette. 'Shame on him.'

New Orleans police arrested William West, 29, and Scott Hirsch, 20, on Thursday after they found a bag of heroin, 91 grams of marijuana, LSD and 7.5 grams of mushrooms in West's New Orleans home.

'It was very shocking. I was very disappointed,' says Plaquemines Parish Superintendent Denis Rousselle. 'I knew him as a good teacher and I knew him as a good coach, and he got along with everyone.'

Rousselle said he received a call from investigators Thursday morning and met with officers after learning the NOPD received a Crimestoppers tip about West's illegal activities.

'My first concern was to get him out of the school,' Rousselle said.

When officers got to the school, they searched several classrooms using a drug dog, including West's classroom and car.

Rousselle said no drugs were found in his classroom or anywhere else on campus.

'We search the classrooms and his classroom and we found none. The car was searched and we found none, but when they brought him to his home that is where the problems began,' says Rousselle.

According to police, West is on probation until September 2016 after being charged with possession of amphetamine in Mississippi.

Now parents want to know how West slipped through the cracks. While the parish does background checks on all the teachers it hires, parents like Lirette say more needs to be done.

'No red flags at all?' questions Lirette. 'As a parent and a grandparent I look for those flags.'

Rousselle is asking parents to contact school officials if they have any information that may be related to this investigation.

As for West, he is being held on a $40,000 bond and will be terminated by the school district if the charges against are proven true.

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