LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - An eighth grade teacher is charged with being drunk at school. The Louisa county special education teacher was arrested January 14th.
52-year old Kathleen Bernard is charged with public intoxication and drinking at school.
Authorities say Bernard reeked of alcohol when she was arrested at Louisa Middle school not long after the first bell.
School had only been in session a half hour when authorities say the school resource officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Bernard. Authorities say Bernard voluntarily took a breathalyzer test which had a reading of .18 which is twice the legal limit.
According to the sheriff's department, Bernard claimed she had a glass of wine the night before and mouthwash in her classroom before school started.
Authorities say her eyes were glassy and speech was slurred.
Officers reportedly did not find alcohol during a search of Bernard's car or work space.
"You ask a lot of people around here a lot will be shocked and disappointed and wonder why and how something like that could happen but the bottom line is people are people it happens on every job everywhere you go whether you're working with kids or the general public," said parent Angel Cummings.
We were unable to reach the school superintendent for comment. Bernard was released from jail on her own recognizance. She's scheduled to appear in court in March. There's no word on her job status with the school system.