A former Marion Elementary School teacher charged in February with inhaling aerosol fumes on campus was sentenced in McDowell County District Court, according to reports.

Leah Dawn Shomaker, 44, of Portcrest Heights in Marion pleaded guilty to inhaling toxic vapors. She was given a 30 day suspended sentence. She must serve 12 months of unsupervised probation.

According to a press release by the Marion Police Department in mid-February, the agency was notified on Feb. 9 of an incident involving a teacher from Marion Elementary School, in which a staff member reported observing the suspect inhaling fumes from an aerosol can. The contents of the can contain ingredients that can induce a condition of intoxication. It is sometimes called "huffing."

Marion police opened an investigation and arrested Shomaker on Thursday, Feb. 15.

A McDowell County Schools employee, Shomaker was a licensed teacher for English as a Second Language (ESL) for Marion Elementary, beginning in Jan. 2002. She was suspended from her position on Feb. 12 and resigned on March 19 of this year.

Additionally, Schomaker pleaded not guilty and was found guilty of a June 6 charge for driving while impaired, level five. Concurrent to the previous judgement, she was given a 60 day suspended sentence, for which she was given credit for one day time served, and must serve 12 months of supervised probation. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $275 as well as a $100 fine and court costs.

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