A teacher’s aide was found passed out in the bathroom by elementary school students with a syringe sticking out from her arm, and a bag filled with white powder lying next to her, according to The Denver Post.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a 911 call about a teacher’s aide, Cassandra Rein, 27, of Denver, Colorado, at Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School, who was found passed out in the bathroom by four first grade girls.
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They initially thought she was asleep, but when she wouldn’t wake up, they immediately informed a school employee. When teachers made their way to the bathroom, they noticed a bag of white-colored powder that appeared to be drugs and a syringe stuck in her arm. That’s when the police were called.
Rein was sent to a hospital for treatment, and was later arrested for possessing a controlled substance, according to Daily Mail.
One of the four girls, Lisette, who found the teacher’s aide passed out in the bathroom talked about the incident.
“I saw in the bathroom a teacher sleeping on the floor, and we told my teacher. My teacher called 911.”
Denver police later searched through her handbag and discovered “several bottles of various pills, several more syringes, and metal caps containing a burnt powder substance residue.”
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When asked about the syringe they found stuck in her arm, she told police officials that her roommate was diabetic and had no idea how it got in her possession.
However, police documents stated that she “‘passed out in the restroom with a syringe hanging out of her arm, and a piece of metal foil, with an empty clear bag containing a small amount of unknown white powder by her side.”
The principal at the Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School later sent a letter to all of the students’ parents, informing them of the incident.
The letter stated as follows.
“As a result of this incident, the staff member is currently under investigation for drug-related offenses on school property.
“We are working with the Denver Police Department and the DPS Office of Safety and Security on this investigation.
“Please know that the safety and well-being of our students is our priority.
“The school counselor talked with the students involved in this incident and is available to talk with other students if they are troubled by this incident.”
After the teacher’s aide was found passed out out in the bathroom with a syringe stuck in her arm, school officials placed Rein on administration leave.
She is still being held at the county jail.
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