Police: Substitute teacher charged after providing alcohol, hosting parties for students
April Noble did not say much when asked if she wanted to say anything about her charges.
"Absolutely not,” said April Noble.
Noble had been subbing at Capital High School this year. Court records said the principal of the school, Larry Bailey, got an email in February about students talking about partying at Noble's house. The email went on to say that she was buying the alcohol for them, according to a criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint said the kids drinking at Noble's house were friends with her daughter. In the complaint it said Noble told the kids if they were going to drink she wanted them to do it some place safe and with supervision.
"Statistics have shown that if a parent allows an individual to drink within their home they're more likely to drink more when they're out and about with their friends,” said Putnam Wellness Coalition Director Bill O’Dell.
O’Dell said the younger kids start to drink alcohol, the more likely they are to go on to use other drugs.
"It's important that we can push first use or continual use or heavy use later on in life,” added O’Dell.
April Perry Noble, 41, of Charleston, was charged Monday with seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
The complaint said the principal at Capital High School notified the school’s prevention resource officer that he had received an email concerning Noble, saying kids had openly discussed parties Noble hosted with Capital High School students at her house.
Police later received statements from four juveniles who said they had visited Noble’s house on several occasions, starting in October 2016 and ending in January, the complaint said.
The students, who were friends with Noble’s daughter, would party in the basement of Noble’s home in the 3900 block of Noyes Avenue in Charleston, the complaint said.
On several occasions, the complaint said, Noble collected money from several of the kids and would purchase alcohol for them, saying if they were going to drink, she wanted them to be in a safe location with supervision.
Noble was arraigned on the charges in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and released after posting a $5,000 bond.