PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A special education assistant who police say gave marijuana to a middle school principal for being named "Providence Principal of the Year" is facing a drug-related charge.

The Providence Journal reports that 57-year-old Christopher Michael Sheehan gave Nathanael Greene Middle School Principal Nicole Mathis a package containing 15.5 grams of marijuana last Thursday. Mathis told police it was "a gift" for winning the principal's award.

Sheehan, of Providence, was arraigned Monday in district court on charges of unlawful delivery of marijuana in a school zone. He has been released on $10,000 surety bail.

Providence School Department spokeswoman Christina O'Reilly said in a statement that Sheehan was "immediately removed from school property" and has been suspended without pay. He'll remain suspended pending an investigation and dismissal hearing.

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