Teacher charged with drug use, child endangerment

A Maricopa elementary school teacher was arrested at the school this afternoon on charges of illegal drug use and child endangerment.

The school was locked down briefly while the teacher was arrested.

Deputies ordered the school to be placed under locked down “until we got the situation under control,” Downs said.

 Kern County sheriff’s deputies were called to the school at 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon when school officials noticed Dori Rochelle Keigley, 45, “displaying odd behavior,” Sgt. Martin Downs said.

When Downs and two other deputies arrived, Keigley was still in the classroom with 17-second grade students.

The officers removed the teacher from the classroom and took her to another area where deputies examined her.

“She showed multiple symptoms of being under the influence of a central nervous system depressant,” Downs said.

She was arrested on the spot.

 Keigley faces 17 counts of child endangerment and one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

She was booked into the Sheriff’s Central Receiving facility, Downs said.