EDUCATION
11/15/2010 03:35 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Students Rally Around Teacher Charged With Giving Them Pot, Alcohol

Frank Melchiorre, a 26-year-old science teacher at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, N.J., was popular with his students -- too popular.

Last Thursday, the teacher's extracurricular activities were called into question when he was charged with providing alcohol and marijuana to underage students while he entertained them at his apartment.

The New York Daily News reports that former students have launched a Facebook page to show their appreciation for Melchiorre. One wall post defends the popular teacher as "a saint".

School Superintendent Judith A. Rattner told the New Jersey Star Ledger that Melchiorre had been suspended with full pay and deflected further inquiries to the prosecutor's office.

Some students, parents and local residents told CBS New York that the gregarious teacher's actions had been suspicious. The investigation into these allegations is ongoing.

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