2nd grade teacher arrested on drug charges

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Submitted: Tue, 11/29/2011 - 3:51am
Updated: Tue, 11/29/2011 - 3:13pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County teacher is facing some serious charges after being arrested over the weekend for drug crimes.

According to court documents Wilmington Police arrested Lori Kirkpatrick, 43, Saturday. She is charged with drug trafficking the prescription narcotic Dilaudid and maintaining vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Wilmington Police say they also arrested Anthony Baxter Lisk, 44, for trafficking Dilaudid.

Kirkpatrick is listed as a second grade teacher on South Topsail Elementary’s website. No word yet from the school district about her arrest or employment status.

Kirkpatrick is in jail under $300,000 bond. Lisk’s bond is $500,000.


  • Cody says:

    Well they both deserve it. I am the son of Tony Lisk. He is nothing but a low life. He has been charged with so many things and just now got out of prison about a year go or little more. I also have a twin sister who also left when we were younger along with my older brother. He is the lowest peice of trash I can think of right now. And I dont know what happened with his girlfriend but shes stupid for being with him. Thats all. I am going to rise above him. I may look like him but I am not him. I am better then that. Send me a request on Facebook my name is Cody Walters.

  • Guestylaroux says:

    Here we go with all the locals defending someone charged with a crime and saying how nice the person is, you all sound so naive and ignorant of this world we live in and what people are capable of. Does that make any difference that you know her or she is a nice person? Sure they seem nice, isnt that always the case… doesnt mean a thing when someone is charged with a crime. Instead you should be very happy they are charged and law enforcement is doing its job to keep you and your kids safe!! No matter if you know them or not, they are charged and to defend someone that is charged with a crime and will likely be found guilty is you just laying with the same dogs.
    This all sounds soooo familiar after the Pedo middle school teacher lady a few months back that was trying to get up with a young teen boy by texting him a couple hundred times and then even showing up to a staged meet where the boy was supposed to be one day so she could see him. You all remember dont you, the teacher that has a Pender Sherrifs dept. husband that is a grown man? And she still wanted to try to impress and meet and seduce a pre-pubescent teen boy that was one of her middle school students?? Well, lets just remember all the outcry for her innocence then from the local jocals that supposedly knew her soooo well, oh and they all knew she could never have done such a thing. Yet, how surprising it must have been to her backers in the end. yep she found a way to postpone the court date three years from now. She wrote a letter of apology, you dont apoligize for something you didnt do. She aknowledged and plead what she did was a mistake after all… knowing that what SHE DID DO was wrong. Seems like that should have been a lesson learned for you folks that you dont always know somebody. And you make yourselves look just as bad by lying in the same bed as someone charged by standing here defending them once again. The cops are doing there jobs, its not a setup, these people are not framed, they are charged for a legitimate reason. Stop watching too much TV, people dont get framed by law enforcement… especially female school teachers!!!
    These stories of the messed up Pender County people are becoming shameful, and female teachers no matter?? Must be downright embarrasing by now to say you live there in Haneyville.

  • Sea Shell says:

    My child was a student of Lori’s also. She always treated her with the kindness & love a mother would and a teacher should. We all make bad choices at least once in our lives and we do not know all the circumstances of this. Perhaps she was somehow threatened and “had” to drive; maybe she was taking him to a facility for abusers. Whatever it may be, I hope the truth is shown and we can all learn from troubles like these. Guilty by association? Maybe, but innocent until the court proves otherwise. Kids and adults should chose their friends wisely.

  • GUESTi says:

    Ms. Kirkpatrick is a great teacher and you guys shouldn’t show this much negativity towards students that are reading these comments and have had her as their teacher before. She is the only one who knows what really happened so why don’t you stop deciding what happened for her?

  • Unknown says:

    I’m just going to correct you. That is the stupidest thing I have heard “You don’t have to know English when you hear DRUG!!!” Somebody needs to go back and let Ms. Kirkpatrick teach them right… Stop deciding what happened for her.

  • im sorry cody says:

    I know that your angry at your biological dad, but he has made plenty of mistakes. He didn’t mean to lose you and your brother and sister. He was confused. Lori doesn’t deserve what is happening to her, I know she knew nothing about what was going on, she did nothing but try to help him. He just screwed his life up so many times that it is difficult to get somebody to take a chance with you when you have done so much wrong their entire lives. He tried everyday for 2 years to find a job and nobody would give him a chance because of his past. I know you hate him right now, I completely understand that. You arent him, you are a much better man than he could ever dream of being. Just know he loved his kids with all of his heart, and it broke him into pieces when he lost yall.
    In my opinion you got a chance at a better life being adopted, you should rise above.. imagine the life you would of already had set up for you if you didn’t. Thank god everyday, that you will one day be a successful young man that will be in the right path in life.

  • Guest111 says:

    My heart goes out to Loris family, especially her young son, I can’t imagine how he is feeling right now. I pray she gets cleared of this if she truly didn’t know what was going on, and even if she did both her and Tony need our prayers.

  • Guest6858 says:

    I am amazed that most who posted here even graduated from high school. Do they not require English as a mandatory subject anymore?

  • el says:

    Ginger, I am a teacher in New Hanover county. I’m well aware of drug testing policy and I’ll take my experience rather than random info pulled from Google. Thanks for the suggestion. I stand by my original statement and use of the word stupidity.

  • tammy says:

    lol how often drug test stupid is on her part she the problem

  • tammy says:

    you dont have to know english when you hear DRUG

  • Guest30 says:

    The school system NEEDS to do drug tests besides the one when you were hired. I know some teachers and admin that would be fired!!

  • Gingerengineer says:

    I don’t understand why teachers and other staff are not subject to the same random drug tests that others are as a condition of employment? I think that most people mistakenly believe that teachers are subject to random testing and would be shocked(and concerned) to learn that they are not.

  • Michael Don Raynor says:

    I just finished being tried for TRAFFICKING HEROIN?OPIUM…… I bought some pain pills…. I pled guilty, did my 5 months. was released from DCJ (Duplin County Jail) on Nov 6th…. on Nov 22 they showed up at my door and charged me with sell/manufacture/deliver THE SAME PILLS…… Pender, Duplin, and the rest of these hick cpounties do what they wont… I AM GUILTY.. Have no fear, but dont condemn her when you dont know the whole story…ok… Cause these lil hick A$% county sheriff’s officers do what they wont and BLAKE WALLACE lets them…. anybody know what DOUBLE JEOPARDY is…… HINT****** It has NOTHING to do with Alex Trebak

  • ja rule says:

    She picked a wrong crowd, but based on the grammar of most of the parents who posted here, their children are still better off with Ms K. Hopefully it will break down to a small charge or get dropped. We are pulling for her.

  • Jan hart says:

    You are right about the drug testing. All employees get drug tested and a background check. I think the parents should also be drug tested.

  • Gingerengineer says:

    I think you owe Tammy an apology. Before you start using words like stupidity, perhpas you should google teachers drug testing in NC. Just a suggestion.



  • tammy says:

    it amazes me to when these stories pop up but shes charged and its a shame when your child said did she really do drugs explain that..

  • Guestspeaker says:

    The State should give school systems more money so teachers can earn a living wage.

  • Guest123 says:

    WWAY…credibility? Now that’s funny!

  • alot deeper says:

    True innocent until proven otherwise. But do you think this was the first encounter with police .This story is a lot deeper than you know. The police are not stupid they have been watching them . A traffic stop is always the way they make the bust if they are trafficking. I’m sorry sure she is a great person but her choices have put her in this situation no more no less! Now she has to answer for them.

  • Feeling sorry for Lori says:

    Your right saying you slander her name was a bit ridiculous, and out there. You didn’t slander her name. I apologize for attacking your creditably. I was just so angry when reading the story and you really didn’t even post the picture of who she was with. Why not? I understand she is a school teacher and they should be set to a higher standard than a regular person. People are putting their children in this woman’s hands. I have never had her as a teacher, but if you just talked to her for 5 minutes you would know she wouldn’t hurt a fly. She is the deepest most sincere person I have ever met. Now her life is ruined, for something she had nothing to do with. To the parents that Mrs. Kirkpatrick was the teacher of- you can’t say she wasn’t a good teacher. Everybody already has their mind made up on her just because she was arrested.

    Once again.. Scott Pickey, I am sorry for accusing wway for slander. I was just typing in angry.

  • tammy says:

    how do u know how long shes been doing this teaching and the school hasnt nothing to do w it
    she knows right from wrong even if it was nt her

  • Kat says:

    Mrs. K is one of the nicest people I know. She just got mixed up in the wrong crowd and probably just wasn’t thinking it through. She was my 2nd grade teacher when I went to South Topsail and now I’m in 7th grade. She was the best, really nice, kind, all the qualities of a good teacher. It’s so sad that she ended up this way :( And for all you ignorant people out there, South Topsail is a great school and they do background checks and all the important stuff. It’s not like Mrs. K has been “trafficking” drugs all her teaching career. It’s probably been very recent. Every school has it’s ups and downs, but there’s a lot worse out there.

  • Hille says:

    I am irritated and saddened that an elementary school teacher makes such poor choices. My daughters go to that school and I have always had the utmost respect for their teachers. How can an adult woman choose such company? This is not a mistake, this is a lifestyle. Teachers should have integrity, be somebody to look up to and stand up for what is right.
    I don’t know all the facts and maybe she is innocent and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I feel sorry for her, because she has just ruined her career and will never get a reputable job again. However, I have to stick with my principles, she has no business in public education and should be removed immediately.
    We are taking the opportunity at home to talk with our little children about that at the dinner table …

  • Brandon Boyer says:

    Lori Kirkpatrick was a teacher of mine when i was in second grade and i am now a junior in high school. She was more of a role model to me then everyone else in my life she was the woman who made me who I am so before you go on assuming that she is guilty how about you learn the facts before you start spitting such smut.

  • sickenedbyitall says:

    knowing a bit about Pender County and its ‘Mayberry RFD’ wanna be sophisticated, wholesome able and intelligent. It is backwoods at the very best with both Barney and Bernice Fife for law enforcement. There are in addition to this drug matter a whole myriad of other drug matters past and yet to be discovered at work. Just a couple of years ago they let a drug thief who was employed as a pharmacist at New Hanover go scot-free, even though she admitted in writing to the board of pharmacy about the diversion, while they charged and did capriciously and inappropriately prosecute her husband for a completely unrelated and unsubstantiated alleged ‘crime’. It turned out the authorities all the way up the food chain were afraid of potential ‘political connections’ she had to a known local former mayor’s family, if only by a former marriage. It was easier for them to leave her alone, help her accomplish her goal of getting rid of her then husband, and that would keep her happy, quiet and out of their offices. Now, is it right that officials act in this way or fair or even safe that this pharmacist, a ‘professional’ also entrusted with the public’s welfare still practice without even a reprimand? Guess justice really does depend on who one knows. Yes, Ms. Kirkpatrick should have reasonably known what was happening, she had known this man for several years. The police in this area are not that ‘lucky’ to happen on something like this. I would guess that her long time boyfriend who was well known as a felon had been under surveillance for this very thing. It goes far beyond what we know at this moment, and to say anything other than take these examples as lessons of ones own personal responsibility for ensuring their own and families well-being and not leave it to assumption that people in ‘positions’ would lead exemplary lives or that Law Enforcement should get some sort of high-five for being on-the-job. There should be no surprise that people are people and not saints without faults. Likewise, people of Pender County need to wake up the fact that it is not 1950 no matter how much they want it to be, take a good look around and demand that its laughable police, courts, district attorney, ‘authorities’ do what is right and not send up smoke screens while tring to cover-up for some while stickin’ it to others.

  • Guest11111 says:

    She knew what was going on she made the choice to accept it. And any responsible person should be aware of their surroundings. The story is a lot deeper than you know. People don’t let you know everything that they are involved in. Her mug shot shows no remorse at all…A drug dealer is a drug dealer.

  • Felling sorry for Lori says:

    Lori is a good woman, and she was no drug dealer. I know her, and I know the charges against her are overwhelming but she was catch up in some stuff that she had no idea what was going on. She never used drugs or sold them for that matter. Just because she is a school teacher, the news decides to slander her name. What about the person she was with? That would explain the entire story. You should google the person she was inlove with, she fell inlove. Thats not a crime. She just was too naive and wanted to be love.
    So if she did anything wrong its not being a drug dealer, its falling inlove with someone that has been in and out of trouble their entire life.

  • hmm... says:

    You must have never had her as a teacher…

  • Reginald Denny says:

    She sure did have a major laps of judgement dating that piece of work… makes one wonder with judgement like that, she may not be teacher material after all.


  • Reginald Denny says:

    There was no one else she could spend her off hours with?


    Your defense of this woman is pretty weak.

  • Gage says:

    To bad she didn’t realize that if you lay with dogs you are likely to wake up with fleas.

  • tammy says:

    this is why board of education needs to drug test all employees ‘ this teacher was across hall from my daughter

  • Scott Pickey says:

    Dear Feeling….

    I appreciate you writing and I know you must be feeling bad for Lori. However, accusing us slandering her name is a huge attack on our credibility – so I want to ask you a couple of questions.

    1) Was Lori arrested for possession of illegal drugs?
    2) Is she a second grade teacher?

    I believe the answer to both of those questions is YES – therefore there’s no way we’re slandering her name – we’re just reporting facts.

    Whether she meant to or not is up to the judicial system now.


    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • Guest2020 says:

    It’s only slander if it is untrue. They didn’t say she was guilty of anything, they said she was charged. If you look it up on the website for the North Carolina judicial system you will find that she has four felony charges–2 counts of trafficking opium/heroin, 1 count of possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. It’s all right there in black and white which proves that WWAY did not tell any lies.

    Anthony Lisk was charged with the same things as well as quite a few other charges. And just because he has broken more laws and piled up more charges, doesn’t mean that she is less culpable for her actions.

  • true says:


  • Guest111 says:

    you dont have to be on drugs to sell them

  • tammy says:

    That’s the problem they need to drug test all employees of board education and do back round checks…..

  • Ello says:

    They do drug tests, Tammy. She may or may not have been using. Initial employment test and random or suspicion related tests. The ignorance of the public amazes me when these stories pop up. Wait, nevermind. The general public’s stupidity never ceases to amaze.

  • tammy says:

    that school wonders me last year i watched a teacher kick a child i reported it but i might call board my self

  • dewayne says:

    oh lori…its time you wrote your name in the oops book…and to think she got on my kid for talking too much.

  • Guestwhat says:

    Yea! you tell your kid to talk in class however much they want from now on. I mean that’s logical right? Teacher charged with drug crime = my kid can yap all they want during class. Perfect sense.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    It is very apparent that most of the posters on this article went to school with Jethro. A fifth grader can spell and at least give a dialogue that is understandable. Sober up, get off the dope and try again.

  • Melissa says:

    None of us are without sin. We have no right to judge. Is it not said innocent until proven guilty? Be careful fingers can be pointed at everyone. She was a good teacher. We all make mistakes and in Gods eyes all sins are the same. Right or wrong She will have her time in court. We should pray for her instead of judging her.

  • Guest3 says:

    God wants us to judge (discern) people so that we won’t be an easy target for those who wish us harm. He said not to judge UNTIL you take the splinter out of your own eye; he didn’t say not to judge at all. He would not have us ignorant of the danger around us. There are wolves everywhere.

  • concerned parent says:

    My child was in her class and it irritates me that she would associate with a person that has committed so many crimes and come to school and teach children. Maybe she isn’t guilty, i don’t know all the facts but as a teacher she should pick her company more wisely.

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