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Update: Teacher Was Drunk, Police Say

The third-grade teacher at LaVorgna Elementary allegedly failed a sobriety exam administered by sheriff's deputies at the school.

 

A third-grade teacher at was allegedly drunk on the job, a sheriff's official said.

A school official called the sheriff's department at 11:59 a.m. on Thursday asking deputies to conduct a sobriety test on Theresa Davis.

She failed the test, said sheriff's Lt. Scott Madden today. "There was an indication she was under the influence of alcohol," he said.

After an investigation at the school, sheriff's officials determined she drove to the school sober, but drank while teaching her class of 23 students, the lieutenant said.

School officials were prompted to investigate the teacher's sobriety when she wrote an illegible hall pass for a student, according to sheriff's Sgt. Andy Woods.

Davis was detained temporarily and released to family members, Madden said.

Whether Davis was put on leave was unavailable, but she is not be allowed to be around students at this time, said Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the .

"She is currently not with students. The incident is being addressed by our Human Resources Department, and appropriate action will be taken," she said.

The sheriff's department , then sent the case to the District Attorney's Office, and it will be up to that agency to decide whether to proceed.

"We'll release her case to the District Attorney for the possibility of child endangerment charges," Madden said.

A spokesperson for the was unavailable for comment as of publication time.

Editor's note: This story was updated with details at 9:50 a.m. Jan. 14.

Laura Eichert February 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?
Brenda February 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
That is true Laura. However there appears to have been plenty of witnesses unfortunately and things she said at her own admission. Like, she did not drink until she got to school and she failed the test. Its a sad case and I hope the district handles it like alot of companies and schools do now, give her time to go to rehab(if she indeed has a drinking problem or just stressers at this point)and attend meetings and go back to teaching. Since companies started this way back when they have saved some great employee's from being fired who just needed some medical time off and are too scared to ask for it. I hope all things good happen for her.
Paul February 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hi! I am not the Paul that wrote the first comment above. I have been posting other comments on here today about the stores applying for 7-11 and Arco permits to sell beer, and some comments after the $10,000 for charity routed to us via Supv. Stone. I say sometime I will add to my name here, but I was getting some kind of error message last time I tried.
Amanda June 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Wow, except she FAILED the sobriety test. So obviously she was under the influence. A sober person would not fail the test. There was obviously a problem, otherwise she wouldn't have been arrested during the school day. I know she is your friend, but she needs help. Not people lying for her and trying to cover up her mistakes.
Brenda June 08, 2012 at 09:14 PM
After nearly 6 months I am sure it has been resolved but very quietly by now. Obviously with papers signed by all that it wont be discussed with the general public, news agencies which is usually what is in the agreements. Wish her the best and she has gotten help and is able to either go back to teaching here or at another school with random testing. If she is completely black balled here she will never get another teaching job imo.

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