Edinburg school district police arrested this week a teacher at Harwell Middle School after a student found methamphetamine that allegedly belonged to her.
The teacher, McAllen resident Sally Blixt, has since resigned.
An arraignment was held Thursday, according to a district spokesperson. As of Friday, Blixt remained in the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on two counts of endangering a child and one count of possession of a controlled substance with bonds totaling $95,000.
According to Superintendent Mario Salinas, Blixt dropped a bag containing the drug, which was found by a student.
“She lost track of it — it was in some kind of purse — and a student picked it up and gave it to school police; we have school police in all our schools. The police did some investigative work and could conclusively pinpoint the drugs to Ms. Blixt,” he said.
Video surveillance, Salinas said, aided police in identifying Blixt as the owner of the purse where police found a vial of alleged methamphetamine.
According to Salinas, the campus’ principal began looking for Blixt after the discovery of the purse, but she had left and gone home.
“So our police went to her house and arrested her,” Salinas said.
A spokesperson for the district said no students were harmed in relation to the incident.
Salinas said Blixt had been with the district for eight years. According to ECISD’s website, she taught seventh grade social studies at Harwell.
“The safety of our students is our top priority. We want our parents and community to know that no students were injured, and with the aid of security cameras we were able to pinpoint who the teacher was within an hour of the incident,” Salinas said in a statement.