Former Sunray High School principal and 2 others arrested early Monday morning on drug charges


Early Monday morning, Amarillo police officers were dispatched to 18 Western Plaza Drive on a trespass. A group of people that were coming and going from a room in the hotel were causing a disturbance to other guests.

Officers contacted Chad Edward Walker, 44, Amanda Leann Walker, 31, and Sidney Lee Whiteley, 51. When the officers were allowed into the room they observed what is believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in open view.

Chad Walker and Amanda Walker were arrested for Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group One Greater than or Equal to 400 grams and Possession of Marijuana over 4 ounces less but than 5 Pounds.

Whiteley was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group One Over 1 gram but less than 4 grams. All subjects were booked into the Potter County Detention Center.

Whiteley is the former principal at Sunray High School. He submitted his resignation in December 2017, set to become effective in June.

On March 27, 2018, the decision was made by the Sunray ISD to go ahead and assign Whiteley's to other district staff.

The Sunray ISD issued the following statement about Whiteley's drug arrest:

"At approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, the Sunray ISD administration was informed by law enforcement authorities that the former High School Principal, Sid Whiteley, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, 1 gram or more, less than 4 grams.

"Mr. Whiteley had previously tendered his resignation from employment with the District on December 6, 2017, which was to be effective June 30, 2018.  But on March 27, 2018, he was removed from his position as High School Principal and his duties since then were divided among various other school employees.  Mr. Whiteley was in Amarillo and the arrest was made by the Amarillo Police Department.  Therefore, at no time was the safety of Sunray ISD students at risk during the incident.   In light of this incident and the circumstances surrounding his arrest as reported to this District by the Amarillo Police Department, Mr. Whiteley has been suspended completely from employment and he has been warned that he may not enter onto any District property.  Mr. Whiteley will not participate or attend in any remaining school activities at Sunray ISD, including High School graduation.

"The District appreciates the assistance it has received from the Amarillo Police Department and it will cooperate with the appropriate law enforcement agency(ies) investigating the incident for which he was arrested and any related matters.  Further, the State Board of Educator Certification will also be notified of Mr. Whiteley’s arrest.

"Due to state and federal privacy laws, the District will not disclose any further information about this matter or make any additional comment concerning it. We appreciate your cooperation."

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