LONDON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Laurel County middle school teacher is facing drug and assault charges after an incident that reportedly took place Thursday on school grounds.

According to the Laurel County Public Schools Police Department, Melissa Neeley, 43, was said to be acting in a disorderly manner while on the campus of North Laurel Middle School. When she was confronted by an officer, she reportedly shoved him in an attempt to evade arrest.

An arrest citation showed there was a complaint about Neeley’s suspected drug use, leading to her purse and vehicle being searched via search warrants.

Inside her purse, authorities said they found several pill bottles, a blue plastic pill crusher and a white and green plate, both with white powder residue on them. A plastic straw, also containing residue, was found in the purse as well.


The police said they found another pill crusher and another plate with residue inside of Neeley’s vehicle.

Melissa Neeley (Laurel County Detention Center)

Neeley was charged with:

  • Drug paraphernalia – buying/possessing
  • Prescription containing substance not properly contained
  • Third-degree assault of a police officer.

She has been lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.