Police say she initially claimed the student was a stranger, and that she was lonely

By Adam Carlson
Updated May 09, 2015 02:10 PM
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A Florida principal has been suspended from her job after she was found earlier this week in a car with one of her male students – her shirt undone, in possession of marijuana, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Krista Morton, 45, was arrested Wednesday night on one charge of marijuana possession, less than 20 grams, PEOPLE has confirmed.

She and the student, an 18-year-old senior at Mavericks High of Palm Springs, were in a car in a parking lot in North Palm Beach, according to an arrest report obtained by the Post. Police were first called to the scene on complaints about sexual activity, according to the Associated Press.

Officers found Morton in the car with her shirt unbuttoned, “exposing her shoulders and part of her chest,” according to the report.

A plastic container of marijuana was also found in the car, according to the report.

Police say Morton initially claimed the student was a stranger she’d just met because she was lonely. The unidentified student later told police she was his principal.

Both he and Morton were arrested, according to the Post. Morton was released without bond just a few hours later, early Thursday, according to jail records.

She declined comment to the Post, but has been suspended from her position pending the investigation’s completion, according to the paper.

“First and foremost is the best interests of the students in the school,” Lauren Hollander, CEO of the school’s management company, told the paper.

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