California teacher on paid leave after being drunk in class, officials say

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KRON) – A Marin County high school teacher was arrested Wednesday after police said she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs while teaching, according to the San Rafael Police Department.

Teagen Leonhart, 46, a teacher at Terra Linda High School in San Anselmo, was jailed in Marin County Jail for public intoxication and child endangerment.

The incident began at 11:51 a.m. when a school administrator called police to report that a teacher on campus may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a statement from hurry.

San Rafael Police Department Lt. Dan Fink said, “A school employee alerted a school administrator that he believed a teacher was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. . The administrator went to the classroom where the teacher, Teagen Leonhart, was teaching. The administrator saw that Leonhart was showing signs of intoxication and removed her from class.

“The school immediately notified the San Rafael Police Department of the situation,” Fink said.

A police officer arrived at the school and questioned Leonhart, who Fink said initially denied consuming alcohol.

“She consented to a preliminary blood alcohol test which showed she was over three times the legal limit (if she was driving a vehicle). When confronted with the test results, she admitted to having consumed alcohol that morning,” Fink said.

The San Rafael Police Department officer, who is certified as a drug recognition expert, determined that Leonhart was under the influence of alcohol, a prescription drug and cannabis, according to Fink. .

According to the police, the investigation revealed that Leonhart taught all morning and was responsible for the safety of 53 children during his working day.

“It was the DRE officer’s opinion that due to his level of intoxication, Leonhart was unable to keep the children safe while they were in his class,” Fink said.

The teacher was arrested and taken to prison.

Headmistress Katy Dunlap wrote in an email on Thursday afternoon: ‘Terra Linda High School does not comment on personnel matters. The safety and well-being of our students is my highest priority. Ms. Leonhart is currently on paid administrative leave.

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