An elementary school teacher is facing jail after heroin was found in her classroom and in her car.
Claudia Reaney is alleged to have brought drug paraphernalia into her third grade classroom and is suspected to have been taking drugs while teaching. The 49-year-old was arrested after a drug-sniffing dog was brought into her classroom at Buffalo Point Elementary school in Ogden, Utah.
Police waited until students had left the school before carrying out the search. A K-9 was also used to search Reaney's car in the school car park where heroin residue was found. 'Basically what we found is paraphernalia sort of stuff that also had enough heroin residue to be testable,' Chief Garret Atkin of the Syracuse Police Department told Fox14. 'There were some pieces of balloons, some tin foils, straws.' Police said all the drug paraphernalia was in reach of children. 'It was in several places in the classroom desk area, her personal belongings, trash can, those kinds of things,' said Atkins.
Reaney has worked with the Davis County School District since 2007. A district spokesperson couldn’t comment on whether or not they suspected any drug abuse, but said they were concerned about the fact that the alleged drug abuse appears to have happened at school. 'There’s a level of trust that parents have for the teachers, a level of trust we as employers have for our employees,' Chris Williams, a Davis County School District spokesperson, told Fox14.
Reaney was booked into the Davis County Jail on one count of second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance. She has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Parents picking their kids up from school at Buffalo Point Elementary were stunned to hear a teacher brought heroin into school.
'That's pretty scary,' said Lisa Myers, a parent. 'You just never know where it is.'
'It's very alarming, especially as a parent,' said Melinda Allred.
'It was shocking to us and we're doing everything we can to clean out that classroom just in case there was any sort of residue left over,' said Chris Williams of Davis County Schools. 'The kids have been moved out of that classroom for the day.'
Fellow teachers spent the day clearing out Reaney's belongings.
Reaney has been booked in the Davis County Jail on felony possession of a controlled substance.
The charge is more serious because of the location where it allegedly happened is a drug free zone.
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