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3/7/05-Grand Saline

Teacher Arrested For Drugs In Classroom

A Grand Saline school teacher is arrested on campus, accused of having drugs in her classroom and in her car.

Grand Saline is located off of Highway 80 in Van Zandt County.

For six years, Beverly Turner Latta had taught 4-year-old children in the Grand Saline School's Head Start Program on the elementary school campus.

"I don't know really how it began," she said. "All I know is I made a mistake. I let a lot of people down and I've realized that. All I can say is that I'm turning myself around and I'm cooperating with everyone. And I'm going to make it better."

Words from a 46-year-old teacher, who was arrested for the first time in her life, Thursday. A first degree felony, drug possession charge landed Latta in jail.

"As far as her teaching ability, she did a good job for us, as far as the classroom," Gerald Gilbert, the school superintendent said.

He says the investigation began when a fellow Head Start teacher reported to him what she found in the classroom supply closet: a piece of tin foil with a brown substance on it that police say later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Rex, the police drug dog, sniffed out more methamphetamine in Latta's van parked on campus.

Latta says she had been using meth for less than a year, even while teaching her students not to use drugs.

"There's only one person in this world that hasn't made a mistake. And that's the Lord," she said. "And that's who I'm putting my faith in right now."

"The lesson is that drugs don't pay," Gilbert said.

Latta is married and a mother of four. She resigned from the school the day she was arrested. Latta bailed out of jail Friday morning.

School administrators and police say no children were in danger.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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