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Newton high school teacher arrested on suspicion of meth possession

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 6:02 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 6:08 p.m.

A special education teacher at Newton High School has been arrested on suspicion of meth possession and other offenses, authorities said.

Eden Bloom, 45, was arrested at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the high school after she refused requests to leave, Newton Deputy Police Chief Eric Murphy said. She was booked into the Harvey County Jail on suspicion of meth possession, trespassing and obstructing an officer’s official duty.

“At the time of the incident, none of the students were in danger,” Murphy said.

Newton Superintendent Deborah Hamm confirmed Bloom was a teacher there, and said she had been placed on administrative leave. Hamm would not say how long Bloom has worked in the district.

On Thursday, Murphy said, “the school took extra measures to safeguard the kids and increase some of the internal security … in case this individual tried to return today.”

A second school resource officer was on duty at the high school patrolling hallways, he said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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