Parents "appalled" by cheerleader coach arrest
DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) - Linda Ridley says the arrest of 27-year-old Dwight Cook comes as a shock and brings about raw emotion.
Police picked up Cook at his cheerleading studio where some believe he was living at the time.
Police found a meth pipe in his pocket and 11 grams of meth in his office.
But the kids' safety is what led them to act quickly
Sergeant Chip Whitfield said, "It is our concern and that is why the investigation lasted one month and they wanted to close it fast."
Suzan Belanger has kids at Dalton High School and knows of kids who attend the Sideline Cheerleading Studio.
She says her concern is whether or not kids or parents noticed any irraitional behavior by Cook.
Police say they were tipped off to Cook's meth use.
"I think kids are good about that, i know mine are. If they see something wrong, they come and tell me," Belanger said.
Police didn't believe Cook sold any of the drugs to the kids, but for parents like Linda Ridley, she says the situation was just too risky for the students.
"It is appalling and disgusting that someo0ne would use that authority to undermine a child," Ridley said.
With Cook due to face a judge soon, police say this type of activity is something they won't tolerate, especially with meth use on the rise.
Sgt. Whitfiled said, "No matter what, if you do this type of thing we are out here. We are looking."
Cook has had several traffic violations dating back to 2006, but none involving drugs.
He is out on a $10,000 bond and a court date is scheduled for next week.