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Report: CCSD teacher admitted to taking prescription medication before DUI arrest

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A Clark County School district teacher admitted to taking medication for pain management before she was arrested for driving under the influence, according to an arrest report. 

The arrest report for April Shepard, 46, said she hit two parked cars outside of Tom Williams Elementary School in North Las Vegas on April 3. After the crash. she almost fell after attempting to get out of her vehicle and had to be held up by two parents in the area. 

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Shepard told police that she took Tramadol, which was prescribed by a doctor for pain management, the day before but wasn't sure if she also took it that day, the report stated.

Now some parents of students from the elementary school are coming to the teachers defense.

“This is not indicative of her lifestyle,” said one parent, who asked to remain anonymous. “She’s very active, she serves, she motor crosses and I know she has some medical issues.”

Parents from Tom Williams Elementary School said Shepard had back problems and migraines. Some parents said they do not believe the teacher has a drug or alcohol problem, but rather a bad reaction to a prescription pill may be to blame.

“It was for medication and I am not concerned,” said another parent, who also asked to remain anonymous. “I believe it, I think the teacher is a great teacher, and I believe it was medication.”

According to the police report Shepard side swiped two cars and failed three field sobriety tests, but she told police she never drank and took 200 mg of Tramadol. Shepard told police she took the pill on April 2, and may have taken another the morning of April 3, but couldn’t remember.

“I don’t know, maybe it was a misdosage,” said one parent. “But this was not the teacher we’ve known for the past few years.”

Doctors from the Las Vegas Recovery Center said that Tramadol can cause sedation and uncoordinated movements, but it’s usually given in 50 mg doses not to exceed 400mg, but the 200mg tablet is for extended relief.

“I think she’s being thrown under the bus,” said another parent. “Accidents happen and I realize it could’ve been more dangerous, thankfully it wasn’t, but I think it has to do with dosing, she’s just a small woman.”

CCSD Police are still waiting for the toxicology report to confirm what was in the teachers system.

Shepard was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, the report stated. 

Shepard had been employed with the school district since 1996, according to Clark County School District police. She was to be assigned to home after being released from custody, police said. 

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