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Calculate the Odds of this Catching up with Her

A student at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley, Ariz., complained a math teacher was drunk in her classroom. The principal and school police officer investigated, and Kathleen Jardine, 57, allegedly admitted she had been drinking the night before, that morning, and during lunch at school; her blood alcohol measured .205 percent, the Pinal County sheriff’s office reported. A half-empty, 750 ml bottle of vodka was found in her purse, along with an empty wine bottle. The night before, Jardine was arrested for drunk driving on her way home from school. It was about an hour after she left work, and her blood alcohol was .257 percent — high enough to classify the crime as a “Super Extreme DUI.” Deputies found a half-empty bottle of peppermint schnapps in her car, and asked if she was drinking and driving. “I only drank it when I was stopped,” she replied. During her field sobriety test, the math teacher was counting her steps out loud and suddenly stopped to ask the officer, “Did I run out of numbers?” Jardine was fired three years ago from a previous job — teaching math at a high school in New Mexico — because students complained she was drunk in her classroom. She passed a background check before she was hired in Arizona. (RC/KTVK Phoenix) ...Maybe background checks should also include a quick Google search.
Original Publication Date: 14 September 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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