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School Principals Gone Wild: A loaded gun, cocaine, and QFC

REDMOND, Wash., June 2, 2023—Two Northshore Elementary School District principals are on administrative leave after one allegedly had a cocaine-induced psychotic episode at a Redmond QFC on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

At the time of the incident Michael Griffin, principal of Sunrise Elementary, had a fully loaded Glock-19 pistol, unsecured and stuffed within his sweatshirt pocket, Kiro 7, who obtained the police documents, reported yesterday. He was erratic, police said, making delusional statements with dilated pupils and a visible “white-powdery substance” on his lips.

Griffin was detained without incident shortly after and ushered to a nearby hospital.

Later, on May 30, Griffin’s wife, Meghan Griffin, also a Northshore School District Principal at Moorlands Elementary, was placed on administrative leave once the police reports surfaced. The documents revealed that Meghan had allegedly joined her husband Michael, an elementary school principal, in a cocaine-fueled bender that began when the couple was on vacation and only grew more intense recently. 

According to Michael Griffin’s family members, including his wife Meghan, his cocaine abuse caused him to develop paranoia; believing people were using devices to listen to him, that his wife was involved in sex trafficking, and he was being communicated with through coded messages, FOX13 reported.

“My wife is Meghan Griffon, we go to Las Vegas all the time, someone got ahold of her and…it’s like a trafficking thing,” Michael told police the day of the incident according to documents obtained by Ari Hoffman, Talk Show Host. “She has something on her that they can see or like she is communicating with them. She has been writing me notes, you have to trust me.”

The police reports continue that Michael then pointed at a stranger in the parking lot and yelled “there’s a team of them, look, look,” also believing an Amazon delivery truck was trying to get into his car. He handed Officers a sealed envelope full of personal documents because, he stated, he could no longer keep anything sensitive inside his house.

Michael’s wife Meghan was inside the QFC while officers spoke with him in the parking lot. She was with their daughter, crying and upset, and told officers she did not know where their son was after Michael commanded him to run. He was later located at a nearby business.

Meghan explained to officers that Michael believed she was having an affair with an old college friend, which she said was a product of his paranoia and not true. She also said they visited a primary care doctor when Michael’s delusions began, who advised they both cease their regular cocaine use.

Later that day Michael’s brother surrendered Michael’s other firearms, a semi-automatic rifle and a Winchester shotgun, to police, concerned about his access to firearms with his declining mental state.

On May 9 a Judge issued an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) preventing Michael Griffin from having access to firearms for an entire year. His firearm was legally licensed at the time of the incident.

Northshore School District, which serves areas of Bothell and Woodinville, states they are committed to supporting the well-being and mental health of all students. They informed the public that school members and family suffering from mental health or substance abuse can contact Care Solace to find treatment options.

Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students and their families by Northshore School District 417. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider by calling 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 or visit https://www.caresolace.com/site/nsd.

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