Sheriff: substitute biology teacher was drunk in class
By Jay Dillon, Jordann Lucero
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office arrested a substitute teacher deputies say was drunk in a Millwood High School classroom.April Chamberlain, 30, was arrested Wednesday by Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputies. According to the report filed by the responding officer, two students reported Chamberlain was drunk and passed out in the classroom around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon. The deputy said when she responded, she discovered Chamberlain asleep in the teacher's area of the classroom. The deputy said she had to shout Chamberlain's name and tap on her shoulder to wake her up."It took a while for her to open her eyes and acknowledge the deputy was there. Once she did, there was a strong odor of alcohol and her speech was slurred, so it was obvious she was drinking," Mark Myers, public information director for the sheriff's office, said.The school's principal recalled noticing a chair in the main office that had been soiled and smelled of alcohol. She said she saw Chamberlain's purse in the chair earlier in the morning."Most of the day these students had witnessed her," Myers said.According to the report Chamberlain used profanity with students and appeared disoriented during one class, but Myers said students did not report anything until the end of the day.The deputy found an empty 375 ml bottle of Canadian Whiskey inside her purse."This is just a bad incident all the way around. Fortunately, we had a deputy that was local there and was able to get her and get her in to jail and hopefully she'll get the help she needs," Myers said.Millwood Public Schools Superintendent Cecilia Robinson also said the incident was unfortunate."We handled it quickly and feel good about the way that it was resolved," Robinson said.She said Chamberlain, as with all employees of the district, underwent a criminal background check before she was hired."This was a substitute, a temporary employee, not someone who's around their children every day and so parents need not be concerned that we are exposing their children to someone who could place them in harm or danger," Robinson said.Chamberlain was substitute teaching biology that day. She was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail for drinking liquor/drunk in public.
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