Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Smith is the target of a federal investigation that he illegally received controlled dangerous substances in a shipment from overseas, sources told KTBS News.
Smith, who was hospitalized Thursday after he became extremely upset when federal agents approached him as part of their investigation, is expected to resign as superintendent.
No criminal charges had been filed as of Friday, according to a check of the website listing federal court records.
Smith came under investigation as part of federal agents' monitoring of prescription drugs being shipped into the United States, according to multiple sources, all of whom spoke on condition they not be identified because it is an ongoing investigation.
Anti-anxiety drugs that had been ordered over the internet were intercepted in the mail, the sources said. A delivery was arranged by postal inspectors and investigators from homeland security, which led to Smith.
Multiple individuals who know Smith describe him as under extreme stress from the pressures of his job. He became Bossier schools superintendent in May 2016.
Among the major cases that have erupted while Smith was superintendent were the arrest of a teacher last year on charges he had inappropriate sexual contact with elementary students; lawsuits alleging school system officials knew or should have know about that teacher; a lawsuit over religious views being pushed in Bossier schools; and Smith inserting himself into an issue over whether students would face disciplinary if they kneeled during the national anthem. No students had kneeled when it became an issue in Bossier.
The school system issued a news release Friday morning saying Smith had been hospitalized. It did not provide specifics.
"We are saddened to have learned Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith was hospitalized overnight. While it is a personnel matter and we will not compromise his privacy, the Bossier Parish School Board asks that you keep Mr. Smith and his family in your thoughts," the statement reads.