County Home  |  Online Services  |  Visitors  |  Jobs  |  Government  |  Economic Development
    
Sheriff's Office

High School Teacher Cited for Being Drunk and Disorderly in Classroom
 
Posted: 8/14/2014 12:00 AM
 

On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 2 p.m. the School Resource Deputy from Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valleywas asked to assist the principal with a teacher who was possibly intoxicated. The deputy met with the principal and teacher who was identified as Kathleen Jardine (age 57 of Chandler).

The deputy learned a student in the math class Kathleen Jardine was teaching had called the main office to report she was intoxicated and yelling at students. When the deputy spoke with Jardine, he could tell she was extremely intoxicated. Initially, Jardine denied drinking any alcohol but later admitted she drank the night prior, that morning before school and during lunch in her classroom. Jardine blew a .205 breath alcohol concentration.

The deputy asked Jardine how she got to school today and she said, “I was afraid I was too intoxicated to drive so I took a cab this morning.”

A school security officer went to her classroom to get her purse and discovered a half full 750 ml bottle of Fleischmann’s Vodka, an empty single serving size bottle of Beringer white wine and a half full bottle of Sunny D. Jardine confirmed the alcohol belonged to her.

Jardine was cited for one count of Consumption of Alcohol in Public and was released to her daughter as this investigation continued.

The School Resource Deputy then interviewed six of the student witnesses from the class. They reported she was intoxicated, was yelling at students and cursing. Jardine is also now facing possible charges of Disorderly Conduct.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Learning math can be hard enough, I can’t imagine trying to learn it from a drunk teacher. This is not the first time teacher Kathleen Jardine has been intoxicated in the classroom. During September of 2011 she was a math teacher at Belen High School in New Mexico. Students reported to their administration she was ‘acting strange and slurring her words.’ It was determined she was intoxicated and she was later fired from the school. The Florence Unified School District has a close working relationship with our office to ensure the safety and security of their students. School officials immediately took action and notified our school resource deputy as soon as they discovered Jardine was intoxicated.”

http://www.abqjournal.com/56431/abqnewsseeker/updated-belen-teacher-fired-for-being-drunk-on-job.html

Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



Other Stories
 
Suspect with Border Crossing Card Arrested After Transporting $15,000 Worth of Methamphetamine
On Thursday September 11, 2014 at 11:04 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Honda Accord, eastbound on Interstate 10 at mile post 202, outside the city limits of Eloy. The driver was identified by a United
......................................................
Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers Donate Thousands of Hours and Save Millions for Taxpayers
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office Posse is a self-sustaining volunteer unit consisting of forty men and women. The Posse earns money by working events such as Country Thunder and contract patrols. It is run from within the Posse and does not rely
......................................................
PCSO Explorers Help Make “Stuff the Bus” Event a Success
On Saturday, July 26th, 2014 the Pinal County Sheriff's Community Resources Unit and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Youth Explorers participated in our an
......................................................
1 - 3 Next