A Wise County resident and elementary teacher in the Springtown school district was arrested Wednesday for having methamphetamine on school property.Vickie Sanchez Bruce, 46, a third-grade teacher at Reno Elementary School, was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, a second-degree felony offense.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit on file in 271st District Court in Wise County, Texas Ranger Jim Holland received information from an informant that Brenda Kay Sloan was selling methamphetmine from her home in the Salt Creek area, and the unnamed informant had delivered drugs for Sloan in the past. The informant said she had delivered drugs to and received payment from Bruce.
On Tuesday morning, Holland and another investigator spoke to Bruce at the elementary school.
“Bruce stated she purchased the methamphetamines from Brenda Sloan and that she (Bruce) utilized methamphetamines on a daily basis by smoking methamphetamines every morning,” the affidavit states.
Bruce allowed the investigators to search her car and her purse, which was in the back seat. Holland discovered one bag of a “clear/white crystal-like substance that Ranger Holland immediately recognized as methamphetamines.” Two more bags of methamphetamine were found. A photo album found in the car contained multiple pieces of burned aluminum foil.
That afternoon, Bruce went to Holland’s office for an interview.
“Bruce stated she began buying methamphetamines from Sloan approximately seven years ago. Bruce stated she had been buying $60 worth of methamphetamines a week from Sloan for approximately the last seven years,” the affidavit stated.
Bruce went on to say that she used the drug before going to work for the last seven years “off and on.” She also said Sloan had picked up money for methamphetamine purchases at the school.
A warrant was issued for Bruce’s arrest, and the teacher turned herself in on Thursday. She posted $25,000 bond and was released.
On her personal Facebook page, Bruce states that she’s been a teacher in the Springtown school district since August of 2000. She has another Facebook page for her third grade class. In a post in May, she talks about receiving an envelope with letters from former students writing about how she had made a difference in their lives.
She has been placed on administrative leave by the school district.
Bruce has a Poolville address and lives in far southwestern Wise County.