A substitute teacher who worked at South Cache 8-9 Center Tuesday was arrested after school when school administrators found her falling-down drunk on school property.
The 32-year-old woman was booked into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of intoxication and open container violations.
According to Cache County Sheriff Lt. Doyle Peck, school administrators observed a woman walking around outside of the school Tuesday afternoon after school was dismissed.
Peck said administrators contacted a deputy after they saw the woman fall down, believing she may have some kind of medical condition.
However, according to the deputy, a former school resource officer, upon arrival the substitute teacher was highly intoxicated. Peck said she was “nursing a bottle of alcohol — and probably had been all day.”
Kirk McRae, a spokesman for the Cache County School District, confirmed that the woman had worked at the school that day.
“It would only be speculation to say she had imbibed while supervising children, but the time frame suggests that might be the case,” McRae said.
The school district has contracted with Kelly Educational Staffing, who oversees the hiring of substitute teachers and other non-educational positions.
McRae said it appeared to be an “unforeseen problem” and there were no allegations or safety concerns with students at South Cache, he said.
Investigations are still ongoing, both in the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and the school district.
The substitute teacher, who was bailed out of jail, has not been formally charged.