Students saw the substitute teacher drinking wine from a box she had hidden in her handbag.
A SUBSTITUTE teacher was arrested after allegedly downing boxed wine during a lesson and getting so sozzled she collapsed and began throwing up in front of stunned students.
Judith Richards-Gartee, 52, was found vomiting and unable to stand up in her classroom at 9:45am on Friday morning, school officials said.
The 52-year-old, who was unable to walk, was taken away from the classroom at Brookland-Cayce High School, South Carolina, in a wheelchair.
Cops who came to the scene then found a box of wine in her handbag and students also said they saw the teacher drinking throughout the morning lesson.
“A substitute teacher was intoxicated while in class,” a police report from Lexington County Sheriff’s Department stated.
Administrators told police that they “went to the classroom and the teacher was throwing up and could not stand up,” the document added.
She was taken to a nurse’s office then a medical centre before being charged.
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Education chiefs confirmed the teacher appeared to have been drinking and was “behaving erratically”.
A statement released by the school district said: “On Friday, March 10, 2017, it was reported to the Administration of Brookland-Cayce School that a substitute teacher was behaving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
“This substitute is not an employee of the District, but works for Kelly Services. Kelly contracts with the District to provide substitute teachers.”
Richards-Gartee has been charged with disorderly conduct.
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