OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher was arrested Thursday on a warrant for felony gun charges.
According to online booking records, Leva Caroline Drummond, 45, was arrested by Oklahoma City Police and booked in to the Oklahoma County Jail Thursday morning on three counts of firearm possession after a felony conviction and one count of firearm possession with a defaced serial number. Drummond is a teacher at Northeast Academy; she is currently being held on $100,000 bond.
"On Thursday, February 15, Oklahoma City Police Department arrested a teacher at Northeast Academy. District teams are fully cooperating with authorities, and OKCPS will take action as needed once internal and external investigations are complete," said the district in a statement Thursday. "As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our number one priority. Due to the ongoing law enforcement review, all inquiries regarding this case should be made to the Oklahoma City Police Department."
State certification records show Drummond is currently certified to teach American and English literature, as well as grammar and composition; she has taught at the school since November 2016, according to Oklahoma court documents.
Specifics relating to the Oklahoma County arrest warrant are unclear, at the moment. However, in 2016, Drummond -- who was a lawyer at the time -- received a two year deferred sentence for bringing a cell phone in to the Tulsa County jail for an inmate she was representing and was in a relationship with, according to court records.
In a 2017 Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling, disbarring Drummond, the two were in a relationship dating back to 1997 when Drummond was the man's English teacher at Skiatook High School. The bar disciplinary proceeding says the two reconnected on social media in 2015 and the relationship became personal.
After she pleaded guilty, she was suspended from practicing law in 2016. However, during the appeal, she continued to practice, according to court filings.
Drummond was disbarred by the courts in March 2017.
According to OKCPS, the district conducts background checks through the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, prior to hiring any employee. However, under state statutes, a deferred sentence is not a conviction and Oklahoma law doesn't prevent convicted felons from being hired by school districts as a teacher, as long as the teacher is certified by OSDE.
"This is her second year as a teacher in the District. Ms. Drummond is not a 'convicted' felon based on the applicable law," wrote a district spokesperson when News 4 inquired about how she could be hired, based on her Tulsa County felony case.