Mae Gladys Edwards, a 40-year-old Tanner High School teacher in Alabama, has been arrested and charged for being drunk in class on Tuesday, March 27.
Edwards, a 40-year-old family and consumer science teacher at Tanner High, was charged today with public intoxication and illegal possession of prohibited liquors. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Stephen Young, a spokesman for the Limestone County sheriff’s office, said that the school’s SRO arrested Edwards just around 1 p.m. said Stephen Young, a sheriff’s spokesman. School officials and the resource officer started investigating after a student reported the teacher was “behaving oddly.”
Young said a liquor bottle was found near the teacher’s desk.
“We have no tolerance for this kind of alleged behavior on school property,” said Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk. “It’s very troubling our kids were exposed to this kind of behavior.”
Furthermore, Mr. Sisk said the situation was handled “immediately and decisively.” Edwards is on paid leave while the school system investigates the incident. Based on the outcome, the superintendent said he will recommend how the school board should handle Edwards’ employment future.
According to reports, Edwards has worked at Tanner for less than one year. She was being held at the Limestone County Jail and a $1,000 bond.
Tanner High School, which serves students K-12, is located at 2060 Sommers Road in Athens, Alabama.
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