A substitute teacher in Oklahoma was arrested earlier this week when authorities say they found her passed out in her classroom drunk.
April Chamberlain, 30, was arrested Wednesday for public intoxication while substituting in a biology class by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, after two students reported her unusual behavior.
According to the responding officer, he had to shout at the teacher just to wake her up.
“It took a while for her to open her eyes and acknowledge the deputy was there. Once she did, there was a strong odor of alcohol and her speech was slurred, so it was obvious she was drinking,” Mark Myers, public information director for the sheriff’s office, told KOKH-TV.
He added that during the day Chamberlain had used vulgar language in class and appeared disoriented.
“Most of the day these students had witnessed her,” Myers said.
Watch a local news clip, courtesy of KOKH-TV:
An empty 375 ml bottle of whiskey was spotted by authorities inside her purse.
Nonetheless, Millwood Public Schools Superintendent Cecilia Robinson said she is satisfied with the way the situation was ultimately handled.
“We handled it quickly and feel good about the way that it was resolved,” Robinson said, according to KOKH-TV.
Robinson also stressed that Chamberlain was never a full time employee of the district.
“This was a substitute, a temporary employee, not someone who’s around their children every day and so parents need not be concerned that we are exposing their children to someone who could place them in harm or danger,” she reportedly said.
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