Butler County Times Gazette
  • Teacher arrested for meth possession on school grounds

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  • There is heightened security measures at Newton High School and McKinley Administrative Center in the wake of the arrest of a special education teacher Wednesday.
    "We have no reason to believe that there is any danger to students," said Lt. Eric Murphy with the Newton Police Department. "But we and the school are taking extra precautions today."
    A Newton High School teacher was arrested at school, after authorities said she was found with methamphetamine.
    Police were called to a report of a disturbance at the school in the 900 block of W. 12th Wednesday afternoon. Murphy, said Eden Bloom, 45, was asked to leave by school officials but refused. A school resource officer also asked Bloom to leave, but she refused.
    "She was arrested for trespassing and methamphetamine was found," Murphy said. "She resisted arrest. … At the time of the incident no students were in danger."
    Bloom was booked into the Harvey County jail on possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, no tax stamp, criminal trespassing and obstruction. She later made bond and was released.
    Bloom also was a witness for the prosecution in the preliminary hearing for Montee Iverson and Mandy Crandall, who were charged in connection with the death of Trevor Wakefield in El Dorado.
    Bloom was a special education teacher and is no longer employed with the district. The district has increased security at the school in response to the incident.
    Murphy would not confirm if Bloom was using meth at the time of her arrest, but did confirm she possessed the drug on school grounds.
    Today the police department made sure the resource officer is in the high school building — with backup.
    "We have made sure that the SRO is at the school today, and a second officer in and out of the building today at the high school," Murphy said. "Our major concern is that people are safe at the high school. We don't have any reason to believe they are not, but we are taking extra precautions."
    The case will be forwarded to county attorney's office. Murphy said the case was "not quite ready" for the attorney's office.
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