SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Syracuse Police arrested a third grade teacher Thursday for possessing heroin in her car and classroom at Buffalo Point Elementary.
Police said they got a tip Claudia Reaney, 49, had drugs in her car. Police used drug sniffing dogs and allegedly found heroin residue in her car parked at school. They waited until school was out to search her classroom.
“Basically what we found is paraphernalia sort of stuff that also had enough heroin residue to be testable,” said Chief Garret Atkin, Syracuse Police. “There were some pieces of balloons, some tin foils, straws.”
Police said all of it 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.
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, a parent.
Reaney has been a teacher with the Davis County School District for five years. She was a teacher at Buffalo Point for one year. The district spokesperson said they are just as alarmed as parents.
“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, 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. The district has placed her on administrative leave and are in the process of finding a substitute teacher.
Reaney has been booked in the Davis County Jail on felony possession of a controlled substance. It's a charge more serious because of the location it allegedly happened-- in a drug free zone.