Authorities in Kentucky say a substitute teacher at a Georgetown middle school was arrested this week on suspicion of educating while under the influence of alcohol.
According to the Louisville Courier Journal, 32-year-old Brook Ellen West allegedly showed up to teach a class at Royal Spring Middle School after downing four shots of vodka. She reportedly admitted to police that she drank the liquor and officers reported a strong scent of alcohol as well as apparent unsteadiness as she walked.
A student reportedly told police that she was using profanity and shouting throughout the day.
The students in the class ranged in age from 11 to 13 years old, as reported by WKYT.
After police tested her breath for alcohol, they determined she had a blood-alcohol level of .317.
West was arrested and booked into jail. The Scott County School District released a statement confirming that she displayed “erratic behavior” during what was described as a half-day shift substituting for another teacher.
“School staff acted immediately upon learning of this behavior,” the statement continued. “Scott County Sheriff’s Department escorted the substitute off school grounds later charging her with alcohol intoxication.”
The suspect has since been terminated by the school district, the statement concluded.
Police records indicate she is expected to face criminal charges including public intoxication and endangering the welfare of a minor.
[Featured image: Brook Ellen West, Scott County Detention Center]