EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTEACHER'S AIDE ARRESTED
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Teacher's Aide Arrested On Drug Charge, Cared For Autistic Student
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Nov. 27, 2012 6:35 PM EST
Quincy , Kanawha County , West Virginia
We are continuing to follow a story we broke here on Eyewitness News, a Kanawha County teacher's aide who was arrested for possession of drugs cared for a teenager with autism at Riverside High School.
That student's mother, Patricia Barton, says she was shocked by the arrest but not necessarily surprised. Barton says her 16-year-old daughter, who has autism, loved having Heather Lively as her teacher's aide but says that Lively sometimes seemed, "disconnected."
Lively was arrested on Monday for assault after an alleged incident at the Magic Mart in Quincy. State troopers say once under arrest, they found Saboxone in Lively's purse. It's a drug used to wein people off of pills and methamphetamine but police say its frequently abused. Lively allegedly told troopers she used the drug while in rehab and became addicted and now buys it off the streets.
Barton says her daughter was very upset by the news and has difficulty adapting to change. Barton also says she's not sure how to react because she's always liked lively and wishes her the best but has questions about whether her daughter was ever exposed to the drug.
We spoke with Lively this afternoon and she says she has her own version of events but wasn't ready to speak on the record, without her attorney present.
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