Substitute Teacher Arrested for Drinking Boxed Wine, Vomiting During Morning Class

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 6:47 pm, March 15, 2017

Drinking on the job can get you fired, but the penalty’s even worse for teachers who drink directly in front of their students and then throw up in front of them.

Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee

A 52-year-old teacher in South Carolina who was allegedly intoxicated in class has been charged, following reports from students of her erratic behavior. The Lexington School District 2 teacher, Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee, allegedly drank boxed wine before vomiting in class at Brookland-Cayce High School, outside Columbia.

Scene of the crime: Brookland-Cayce High School

Lexington police who were called to the scene discovered a box of wine hanging out of her handbag, confirming student reports that she had been drinking during the morning class.

The Lexington County sheriff’s department said in a news release that Richards-Gartee was found to be in possession of alcohol and charged with disorderly conduct. School administrators state that she worked for Kelly Educational Services, which provides substitute teachers for the district, per WISTV.

The Administration responded immediately, removing the substitute from the classroom and sending her to the School Resource Officer. The District has been advised that law enforcement has filed criminal charges against the Kelly employee.

The police report states that Richards-Gartee threw up and was unable to stand. She had to be removed from the classroom in a wheelchair. She was taken to the nurse’s office and brought to the Lexington Medical Center for a check-up.

According to Facebook users familiar with Kelly Educational Services, the temp agency runs background checks for legal violations and trains its employees, and that her drunken and disorderly behavior was completely out of the norm. Only time and an explanation in court will determine why she decided to get drunk in class.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.