While Winder teacher looked for drug, victim supervised child

WINDER -- The case involving a Winder-Barrow Middle School teacher who allegedly assisted a teenager, who later died, to obtain a controlled substance remains an active investigation.

But Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said on Friday he is not releasing the name of the victim because the victim's family requested he doesn't for closure purposes.

Emily Susan Smith was arrested on Wednesday and charged with reckless conduct, attempting to distribute a controlled substance and using a cellphone to obtain a controlled substance.

The victim, 18, was a Winder resident who died on Feb. 14.

"The charges stemmed from an investigation of activities in the past hours leading up to her death," Barrow County Sheriff's Sgt. Faye Spaulding said. "The victim was allowed to supervise Smith's minor child at the time they were attempting to obtain a controlled substance."

The Barrow County School System was closed on Friday for a furlough day, and Superintendent Wanda Creel did not reply to an email message.

Smith was reportedly fired on Thursday from her position as a sixth-grade math teacher.