Teacher arrested at Campbell County High School

Teacher arrested at Campbell County High School for public intoxication

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Angleen Sweat Broyles (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) Angleen Sweat Broyles (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A Campbell County High School teacher was arrested on school grounds Thursday for alleged public intoxication and possession of Schedule IV narcotics.

An arrest warrant reveals officers were called to the school around 9:30 a.m. after students complained that their teacher, Angleen Sweat Broyles, 56, appeared disoriented.

"Children were very concerned about her behavior and one of them actually shared that with one of the principals," explained Campbell County Director of Schools Dr. Donnie Poston.

Around 20 children were in her class at the time.

Officers noted Broyles was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech. Broyles told officers she had been taking prescription medication and felt differently from normal.

An officer instructed Broyles to perform several field sobriety tests, which she performed unsatisfactorily.

The tests were called off after Broyles nearly fell down.

Officers then asked Broyles if she was in possession of any prescription drugs. Although she initially said she didn't have any medication, 12 loose Xanax pills were later found in her purse.

"She was unable to provide any type of prescription at the time of the arrest,"" explained Det. Josh Carroll.

Dr. Donnie Poston says Broyles was a special education teacher with the district for around 30 years.

He says they have not had any problems with her before. She has been suspended without pay pending an investigation.

Broyles' prior arrest history reveals two arrests for driving under the influence, from 2003 and 2004, and one for driving while revoked. Dr. Poston says he was unaware of those charges. 

"We're just learning that today," he said.

He explained the school system does background checks when a person is hired, but not throughout their time with the district. He believes that ought to change. He also says more precautionary measures should be taken.

"I would like to see us have a drug screening for all employees. In fact we do not have that in place, there's a lot of system that do not, but I think it is something we do need," explained Dr. Poston.

Several parents were surprised by Thursday's news and angered that it was so noticeable to their students.

"I feel it's unacceptable as far as I don't want my kids around anything like that," said parent John Ballard. "There's already enough peer pressure around them as it is and then for it to come from a teacher is not okay."

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