PALM BAY, FL – Kathryn Wright was arrested after police say the 58-year-old grandmother got drunk off her ass while chaperoning a bus filled with children returning from an elementary school field trip.
Police say Wright drank two bottles of diluted vodka while in accompanying her grandson, and 200 other students at Lockmar Elementary School, on a trip to WonderWorks in Orlando. On the way back to Palm Bay, Wright became belligerent and started using profanity in front of approximately 36 other students on the bus.
She got so bad that other adults on the bus moved Wright’s grandson away from her because he was getting upset. When the adults tried to calm Wright down, she shouted at the others, telling them to “get the (expletive) out of my way or else,” and pushed one woman.
Police were called and met the bus before it got back to the school. Wright was so drunk at that point, she couldn’t even walk off the bus on her own. She was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication and battery.
“The kids were really upset,” one of the other chaperones said. “They (school officials) said they were going to have a guidance counselor come in the next day to talk to the kids and explain what happened.”
According to Brevard Public Schools policy, volunteers must submit to a background check. The policy doesn’t mention what offenses would keep someone from being a volunteer, but Wright has a 2006 conviction for driving under the influence.
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