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    Branson principal found with drugs, passed-out woman, police say

    From S.F. Gate by Kale Williams:
    The principal of a private Marin County high school was arrested Friday evening after he was found in a Sacramento County motel room with large quantities of drugs and a passed-out woman roughly 30 years younger than him, officials said.

    Thomas Price, 54, who goes by “Woody” and is principal at the Branson High School in Ross, and Brittney Hall, 21, were taken into custody by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies at a hotel in Rancho Cordova, a suburb east of Sacramento on Highway 50, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos.

    The Sheriff’s Department received a call Friday evening from a man, who identified himself as Hall’s boyfriend, who told a deputy that Hall and Price were at the Hyatt Place hotel and that he believed either Price was drugging the woman or the two were doing drugs together.

    Deputies went to the hotel and confirmed with the desk that Price had indeed booked a room there. When officers knocked on the door, Price answered after a considerable delay and deputies were able to look past him and observe Hall passed out and unresponsive on a bed, Ramos said.

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    From David Golden, chairman of the Board of Trustees, in a statement to Branson students and parents:

    "We have recently been made aware that our head of school, Thomas W. Price, has allegedly been arrested. We have not been able to confirm that report. The alleged incident did not occur on campus and did not involve any students at our school. As of this afternoon, Dr. Price is not on campus and has tendered his resignation.

    "We are deeply troubled by these developments. We want you to be assured that our school leadership team and our board of trustees are fully committed to the health and well-being of your children. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Once we have more information, we will be communicating with the school community."

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