A local elementary school teacher was arrested this week for allegedly bringing drugs to school and getting high every morning.
Vicki Bruce is a third grade teacher at Reno Elementary School in the Springtown Independent School District.
Investigators allege she kept meth wrapped in tin foil in a photo album in her purse.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the 46-year-old told Texas Rangers "she utilized methamphetamines before going to work for the last seven years on and off."
The document states when detectives first questioned her she had the drugs in her car parked in the parking lot of the school.
"It enhances the penalty. In the warrant affidavit it will show possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone," said Wise County Sheriff David Walker.
Investigators said when she was told of her warrant she turned herself in.
The Springtown superintendent said Bruce has been a teacher there for at least 10 years and has received awards from the PTA and fellow teachers.
The news of her teaching while high was difficult for many, especially her former students and their parents.
Fourth grader Nolan McGrath said he remembers her once giving a "stay clean" speech.
"We had a no drug poster," he said. "She said don't do drugs. It's bad for your system and if you do you'll get caught."
"To have a teacher that you trust with your kids to be doing any kind of drugs when they're supposed to be teaching you not to do drugs in school, it's real shocking," added his father, Patrick McGrath.
Bruce was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Wise County jail. She was released on bond.
The Springtown superintendent said the district is cooperating with law enforcement agencies and that the teacher was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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