Newton teacher arrested, meth found


May 16, 2013|by Jade DeGood | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(NEWTON, Kan.) — Doors were locked at Newton High School Thursday. School officials say it was a precaution after one of their teachers was arrested Wednesday.

According to Newton Police, 45-year-old Eden Bloom was asked to leave the school several times before a School Resource Officer arrested her. That’s when they found methamphetamine in her possession.

 “At the time of the incident no students were in danger,” said Newton Police Deputy Chief Eric Murphy.

Newton parents received an alert on Thursday afternoon around 1:30 that there was increased security at the school. Many told KWCH 12 Eyewitness News it was too little too late.

“They’re teaching our children,” said one parent. “We need to know what’s going on.”

“In the past when something has happened, they have called that evening just to let you know that something has happened,” said another Newton parent. “That way if your kids come home and tell you about it you’re prepared for it.”


Superintendent Deborah Hamm said they have to make a decision about what information to release.

“We weren’t really concerned about anything until early this morning,” Hamm said. “So that’s when we made the decision regarding our staff, our students and notified parents. At no time were students at any risk or staff members at any risk”

The school was “in shelter” mode Thursday, which means the doors are locked, but everything goes on business as usual.

Bloom was booked into the Harvey County jail on possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, no tax stamp, criminal trespassing and obstruction. She has since been released on bond.

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