A Wisconsin kindergarten teacher whose angry outburst at signs supporting Gov. Scott Walker led to her suspension and disorderly conduct charge will be returning to the classroom in January after a semester on paid leave, according to the Wisconsin Reporter.
During a county fair in July, April Kay Smith, a teacher at Amy Belle Elementary School, grabbed Walker signs from the Jefferson County Republican Party booth and began stomping on them in anger.
When a Jefferson County deputy arrived, he interviewed her and the incident report said that Smith appeared “to have glassy and bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.” However, she tested at .06 in her breath test, which is below the legal limit to be intoxicated.
She first lied, and then admitted to taking the signs and stomping on them.
“She stated her husband told her to lie and that she’s just so angry with (Gov.) Scott Walker due to the fact that she was a school teacher,” the report states.
During Walker’s first term in office, he signed sweeping collective bargaining reforms into law, angering many teacher unions.
After the incident, Smith was put on paid administrative leave by the Germantown School District to conduct an investigation. The district is legally required to pay teachers and school personnel during disciplinary absence.
On the legal front, Smith pleaded no contest to the charge of disorderly conduct and paid a $169 fine.
“The Board of Education wishes to make it clear that it does not condone Ms. Smith’s conduct. For that reason, the board has taken serious, remedial measures to address this situation,” the Germantown Board of Education statement said. “However, the Board also concluded that it was a completely isolated event that is not representative of Ms. Smith’s character, or her record of service to our country and our District. The Board also noted that District parents that have had children in Ms. Smith’s class praise her work as an educator.”
The statement continued saying the administration “will continue to monitor this situation to ensure that the highest possible educational and behavioral standards are observed by all district personnel in working with the children of the Germantown School District.”
(H/T: EAG News)