NM teacher suspected of teaching while drunk

September 13, 2011 • State News

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high [auth] school teacher has been placed on paid leave after students and school officials say they believe she was teaching while intoxicated.

KOAT-TV is reporting ( ) that school officials say second-year math teacher Kathleen Jardine allegedly taught her students while drunk for more than five hours on Monday.

District Superintendent Ron Marquez said students came to the office complaining that Jardine was acting strange and slurring her speech.

School officials said Jardine voluntarily submitted to an alcohol and drug test and was escorted from the school grounds.

If alcohol is found in her system, Jardine could be fired. Marquez said it would also be standard to file a criminal complaint, if test come back positive.

A phone listing for Jardine could not be located.

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