Flushing High School principal arrested for possession of meth (UPDATED)


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THE COURIER/photo by Melissa Chan
THE COURIER/photo by Melissa Chan

Carl Hudson, principal of Flushing High School, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance after cops say they found a ziplock bag full of methamphetamine and a glass pipe in his car.

The 33-year-old city schools employee was taken into custody on July 17 in front of 141-54 Northern Boulevard — less than half a mile away from the high school —  at 8:35 p.m., according to authorities.

Police said they uncovered one ziplock bag full of meth in a cup holder in the center console of Hudson’s car during a routine traffic stop. Soon after, Hudson gave cops permission to search his trunk, where they then found a glass pipe, according to the district attorney’s office.

Hudson pled guilty to disorderly conduct when he was arraigned last night, the district attorney’s office said. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, which means his case will be dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble.

An official at the district attorney’s office said Hudson will not be subjected to a fine and since he pled guilty to a violation, which is a non-criminal offense, he will not have a criminal record.

Hudson, a decade-long city schools employee, was already set to be replaced by Magdalen Radovich at the new Rupert B. Thomas Academy at the Flushing Campus this September if Turnaround plans went through.

He had been serving in an administrative capacity, education officials said, and will continue with administrative duties.

“I was pretty shocked when I found out. He doesn’t seem like the type of guy to get into trouble,” said Flushing High School student David Beranger, 16. “He was a good principal. He’s always showing people what to do. He’s not a laid back person. He’s always trying to enforce a good type of way for the school.”

Hudson, who officials say currently makes $133,834 a year, was appointed principal of Flushing High in March 2011.

Multiple calls made to a number listed as Hudson’s did not go through.