School official facing drug charges is fired

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2008

ANCHORAGE - An assistant middle school principal accused of using cocaine on school grounds has been fired.

Mario Toro Jr. was fired Wednesday. Toro, a 43-year-old assistant principal at Gruening Middle School, is facing three felony drug charges.

Toro was placed on paid administrative Jan. 15. That was when, according to authorities, colleagues at a training session at Wendler Middle School told police they saw him return from his parked car behaving erratically with a white powder on his nose.

Police said powder that tested positive for cocaine also was found in Toro's office.

Toro pleaded not guilty and was released on $15,000 bail.

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