Teacher charged with having meth in desk

Saturday, September 23, 2006

NIXA, Mo. -- A Nixa art teacher has been charged with possession of a controlled substance after methamphetamine reportedly was found in her desk at Century Elementary School, Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek said Friday.

Margie K. Lewis, 50, of Springfield, was placed on administrative leave, said Nixa superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith, adding that "certainly termination is being considered."

Allegations about Lewis' drug use surfaced Thursday when a hotline call was made to the Greene County Children's Division. After the school district was contacted, a school resource officer found a mirror and magic marker covered with traces of white residue in Lewis' desk in the art room, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.

The white residue field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the statement said.

Lewis was then arrested at her Springfield home.

Kleinsmith said the art room has been closed and no students will be allowed until after it is cleaned.

He said Lewis, who has been a teaching in the Nixa district for 13 years, was considered a "great teacher" before the allegations surfaced.

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