Police Arrest Substitute Teacher For Allegedly Teaching While Drunk

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Sanford Police in Florida have arrested a substitute teacher for teaching elementary school students while intoxicated, they say. Police arrested Holly Joel, age 52 of Winter Park. She was booked into the Seminole County Jail and charged with Child Neglect, Disorderly Intoxication, and Interfering with School Administration Functions.

On March 8, 2016, the Sanford Police School Resource Officer assigned to Bentley Elementary School, was notified by a school staffer that a substitute teacher was possibly intoxicated while on duty. Joel, who was employed by Seminole County Public Schools as a substitute teacher, was responsible for the care and supervision of numerous elementary aged students.

According to Sanford police, Joel was supervising a roomful of children when a school secretary and another staffer became suspicious. She stumbled and fell when the principal asked her to stand up, according to a police report. Police also say she also didn’t know what day it was. When asked the first name of the president, she answered, “Obama,” according to the report.

Police say she had a water bottle filled with pink liquid, and when an officer took a whiff, it smelled like alcohol. The report also says the officers had alcohol on her breath and she had slurred speech.

The principal told police that Joel’s head was swaying and her eyes closing. Joel told her she was tired, according to the report.

Police say she was taken to a hospital for a medical check before being taken to jail.

The Seminole County School District said Joel will no longer be a substitute teacher. Channel 9 found out that Joel pled no contest to a DUI charge back in Orange County in 2012, and she refused to take a Breathalyzer test. She served probation for those charges.

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