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Florida teacher pleads no contest to being drunk during class

July 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida teacher pleads no contest to being drunk during class

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A 53-year-old substitute teacher, who has been accused of being intoxicated in a classroom full of second graders, has pleaded no contest and has been placed on six-months probation.

Holly Joel was also fined $400 at her court hearing earlier this week.

Police arrested Joel on March 8th after a principal and teachers at Bentley Elementary School in Sanford, Florida noticed bizarre behavior.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, when the school principal entered the classroom and asked her to stand, Joel fell to the floor.

Joel was then asked to state the name of the president, she replied, “Obama.” She was asked what the president’s first name is, she answered again, “Obama.”

A police report indicates that Holly had a bottle filled with pink liquid that reeked of alcohol.

Joel was taken into custody and later released on $8,500 bail.

She pleaded no contest at her hearing on Tuesday for charges of disrupting an educational institution, which is a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to six months of probation and is required to pay a penalty of $400 plus court costs.

A spokesman for the Seminole County School Board announced that she was not a certified teacher at the time of her arrest and confirmed that she would no longer be allowed to work as a substitute teacher at the institution.

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