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Neighbors share insights into teacher accused of bringing heroin to school

SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police arrested a third grade teacher at Buffalo Point Elementary Thursday for bringing heroin into her classroom. Neighbors who are familiar with the teacher are sharing what they know about her.
SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police arrested a third grade teacher at Buffalo Point Elementary Thursday for bringing heroin into her classroom. Neighbors who are familiar with the teacher are sharing what they know about her.

"I'm really surprised," said Edward Bovero, Ogden resident.

Edward Bovero can't believe it. Thursday police arrested his former neighbor, elementary school teacher Claudia Reaney for bringing heroin into her classroom.

"I'm really shocked it was this far from my house," said Bovero.

Reaney teaches third grade at Buffalo Point Elementary in Syracuse. Police got a tip she had heroin and in her car, they said they searched it and sure enough they found it. After school got out they searched her classroom too.

"Basically what we found is paraphernalia sort of stuff that also had enough heroin residue to be testable," said Chief Garrett Atkin, Syracuse Police Dept.

Police said that drug residue was all in reach of children.

"It was in several places within the classroom, most of it the desk area, her personal belongings, the trash," said Atkin.

Parents were shocked.

"It's very alarming especially as a parent," said one parent.

"It's pretty scary to me actually," said another parent.

The Davis County School District put Reaney on administrative leave.

"It was shocking to us and we're doing everything we can to clean up that classroom in case there's any sort of residue left over," said Chris Williams, Davis Co. School District.

Friday night Reaney's neighbors were in awe.

"I think it's a terrible thing that little kids got a teacher that's doing drugs," said Bovero.

Other neighbors who know Reaney said she had recently gone through a rough divorce and had suddenly lost a lot of weight.

Police tell ABC 4 Reaney was booked into the Davis Co. jail.

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