Florida teacher suspended after accusation of being drunk during class

Bayshore High School

A teacher in Manatee County, Fla., has been placed on administrative leave after breath tests allegedly indicated she was drunk during class.

Anne Wampole, 39, received a visit to her special education class at Bayshore High School from Assistant Principal Ginger Collins last month, and Collins claims that when she talked to Wampole, she detected a strong scent of alcohol, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Wampole was immediately removed from the class, and was required to take an alcohol breath test as part of the school district’s “reasonable suspicion” guidelines. While the test were administered several hours later, Wampole allegedly still had a blood alcohol level of 0.112 percent, above the 0.08 percent that most states use to determine if a driver is legally impaired.

Assistant superintendent for the district, Scott Martin, called Wampole’s blood alcohol level a “serious concern” because she had been at school for at least six hours before the breath test. Martin added that the district “has very strong physical evidence of her intoxication,” the Bradenton Herald reports.

School Board members will determine Wampole’s fate next week, and take a vote on whether or not to place the teacher on unpaid leave, the preliminary step to possibly ending Wapole’s ten year career with the school. Wampole was a graduate of Bayshore herself, before earning her education degree at the University of South Florida in 2002.

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