Published September 28, 2012
A Texas elementary school teacher is accused of bringing drugs to school and using them to get high before teaching students.
Police say Vicki Bruce, a third grade teacher at Reno Elementary school, kept meth wrapped in tin foil in a photo album in her purse, MyFoxDFW.com reports.
According to the arrest warrant, the PTA award winning teacher told authorities, “she utilized methamphetamines before going to work for the last seven years on and off.”
Bruce allegedly had drugs in her car when police first questioned her, which will enhance the penalty. "In the warrant affidavit it will show possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone," Wise County Sheriff David Walker told MyFoxDFW.com.
The 46-year-old allegedly gave a "stay clean" drug-free speech to students, a fellow teacher tells MyFoxDFW.com.
"We had a no drug poster," Nolan McGrath, a fourth grade teacher said. "She said, 'don't do drugs. It's bad for your system and if you do, you'll get caught.'"
Bruce turned herself in when she was told of her warrant.
She was arrested on Wednesday and later released on bail. The Springtown superintendent said the district is cooperating with investigators, and Bruce, who has been with the district for 10 years, has been placed on administrative leave.