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Junior high math teacher arrested twice for DWI

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ARP, TX (KLTV) - After spending her day in the classroom, a 6th grade math teacher was arrested Tuesday night for DWI, but we also discovered, it was the second time in less than a year the teacher was arrested for DWI in Smith County. Apparently, the news came as quite a surprise for everyone.

Leavonna Weiss was arrested in October for DWI. Weiss was arrested again, Tuesday night for drunk driving.

"I'm against alcohol, I don't like...it affects people's lives, everyday, and she doesn't need to be there at all," said Vochana Horton.

Dustin Dowdle's brother attends the junior high where Ms. Weiss teaches.

"She could kill somebody if she was on the road, drunk driving," said Dowdle. "I just don't like it."

"Rumors start flying hot and heavy, early," said Arp superintendent Toney Lowery.

That's how he says he found out about both arrests, from an administrative assistant.

"She told [the] principal, [the] principal told me, I told [the] principal to go check," he said.

The rumor was true. One of his teachers who's work helped Arp Junior High become a recognized campus was arrested...again.

"We can monitor classrooms, we can monitor students, we can monitor teachers, we can monitor all our employees, [but] once that last bell rings and they go home, that's out of our hands," he said.

Lowery said Weiss signed a contract just like every other employee. One of the terms she agreed to was to "notify the district of any arrests, convictions, or legal pleas within three days."

"We're dealing with humans, and sometimes you have problems, and we're not immune to that even though we'd like to be," said the superintendent.

"If she can serve her time, then she deserves to teach, but if she can't be an example for our children, then she doesn't deserve to be in our school system," said Stephen Kitchings.

Weiss is scheduled to be in court later this month for the October DWI arrest. Arp ISD said right now, she is on administrative leave until further notice.

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