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Teacher arrested at Austin, Ind. elementary school with meth

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AUSTIN, Ind. (WDRB) –- A drug bust at a Scott County home leads police to a southern Indiana elementary school teacher with meth.

Indiana State Police arrested 47- year-old Laura Nowling at Austin Elementary School, where she teaches second grade.

“During the contact we were able to locate methamphetamine and also paraphernalia and she was arrested and taken to jail,” said Sgt. Jerry Goodin with Indiana State Police.

Sgt. Goodin applauded the school district for working with law enforcement during the investigation.

“A lot of people and businesses may have tried to sweep this under the rug, but they didn't. They wanted the problem solved and they wanted to send a message again that the school system under no circumstances is going to tolerate anything like this going on at their school,” Goodin said.

According to officers, a drug raid at a home led to the arrests of two men, 42-year-old Harold Kemp and 31-year-old Zackie White. They were picked up at the school teacher's home during a search where police found Opana, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Investigators say that's when they learned Nowling was at work and likely had more drugs on her.

“Anytime that you have drugs, I don't care where it's at. If it's at a school, if it's at a playground, if it's at a church, no matter if it's at home. Anytime there's drugs involved, there's danger to children," Goodin said.

All three are in the Scott County jail facing multiple drug charges. 

“We're not playing games. We're very serious about solving the drug problem in Scott County. There are a lot of good people in Scott County and we're going to make sure we do what we can to make their lives better,” Goodin said.

Superintendent Robert Anderson said Nowling had never been in trouble with the school in the past.

Nowling has been placed on administrative leave.

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