SAPULPA, Okla. May 5 2017 Sapulpa police say an elementary school teacher has been arrested for embezzlement and drug-related complaints.
Megan Sloan, a 27-year-old teacher at Holmes Park Elementary, was arrested May 1 after admitting to bringing drugs and drug paraphernalia to the school, according to court documents. Police say she also admitted to using “field trip money” to purchase gas and drugs for herself.
A teacher reported Sloan after she left her Facebook account open on the other teacher’s computer, according to police. The teacher reportedly saw a conversation in which Sloan talked about using and selling heroin and pawning school property.
When questioned, police say Sloan told them she believed she had two “Xanax footballs” in her purse in her classroom. When they checked her purse, police found multiple syringes — some with exposed needles and one with heroin in it. Police also found .4 grams of methamphetamine in Sloan’s purse, according to documents.
Sloan later told police that she pawned two school-owned iPads to a pawn shop in Broken Arrow. She also said she previously stole $125 in “field trip money” from her class, according to court documents.
Sloan faces four drug-related counts and one count of embezzlement.
Krisann Diaz has a son at the school who likely would have been one of Sloan’s students next year. She only wishes she’d heard the news from a different source.
“I heard it on Facebook this morning,” said Diza. “I would have hoped the school would have contacted us first just so we would be able to brace ourselves for that. Definitely was shocking,” said Diaz.
Diaz said she wishes schools could afford to do a little more background checks on perspective employees.
“We vet people who work with prisoners more than people who work with our children,” said Diaz.
Adam Hiett was Sloan’s college classmate about four years ago, both working toward their dream of becoming teachers.
“She struck me as the kind of person that wanted to be a teacher,” said Hiett. “You can kind of get an idea of what it takes, and the compassion somoeone needs, and it seemed like she was a perfect fit for that.”
Hiett said he knows all too well what Sloan is going through. Two semesters away from graduation, he said he too was caught stealing money to feed his drug problem.
“I was lucky enough to never get arrested,” said Hiett. “But I can attest to how we were in class, ready to take on the world, to suddenly, everything changes and you’re stealing stuff and you’re pawning stuff.”