An elementary school community is in shock after learning a third-grade instructor, recognized by the PTA for her stellar teaching ability, was arrested on Wednesday for using meth on school grounds.
Vicki Bruce allegedly kept the drug wrapped in tin foil stashed away in a photo album in her purse and used it on-and-off over a seven year period - before she would teach her students at the Reno Elementary school in Azle, Texas.
A former student even said that Bruce told her pupils to stay off drugs and kept a 'Say No To Drugs' poster in her classroom.
The 46-year-old has taught at the elementary school for 10 years and has received awards for her teaching from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well as recognition from her teaching colleagues.
Police were tipped off about a drug using teacher at the elementary school by an informant in an armed robbery case in nearby Wise County.
When police first began investigating Bruce, she was found with meth in her car, at the school parking lot, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
She turned herself into police on Wednesday after she learned there was a warrant out for her arrest.
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