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Hardin teacher arrested after gun found in classroom

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HARDIN - A Hardin High School art teacher is facing several felony charges after a handgun was found in a classroom.

According to Big Horn County Sheriff's Office, a student resource officer received information that a student at the high school had a gun inside the building on Friday, Jan. 26.

While no weapon was found, a 17-year-old unidentified student was escorted off school property.

On Saturday, law enforcement was dispatched to the school where officers found a Glock 27 handgun inside a classroom.

After further investigation, teacher Nora Bettina Block was arrested. Block, 42, is awaiting arraignment on the charges of possessing a firearm on school property, felony tampering with evidence, and felony obstructing justice. She told school officials about her role in the incident Monday. 

An arrest warrant was issued for a juvenile male for attempted armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a gun on school property.

The warrant for the juvenile is the same individual who was escorted from school property, according to Superintendent Dennis Gerke. 

"I've actually been physically sick since we found about this incident," Gerke said. "It's never fun to deal with these situations, but we learn from it. And we're happy that we have a partnership with the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office. They have been excellent through this whole process. But of course it weighs on administrators, teachers, students, myself and the entire community in general."

The student and teacher are both under suspension, Gerke said. The student faces possible expulsion, decided by the school leave, he said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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