Substitute Teacher Vomits In Class, Officers Find Box Of Wine In Purse

Students told officers the suspect was drinking wine in class.

A substitute teacher may have unintentionally taught her students a lesson about the dangers of drinking on the job.

Police in Lexington County, South Carolina, said Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee was allegedly so intoxicated during class on Friday that she reportedly vomited on the classroom floor, according to WIS TV.

Officers who arrived on the scene said they found a box of wine in the suspect’s purse.

Administrators at Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce called police around 9:45 a.m. after noticing Richards-Gartee allegedly acting in a manner that suggested she might be under the influence of alcohol.

Besides the alleged vomiting, Richards-Gartee was reportedly unable to stand. School officials removed her from the classroom in a wheelchair and sent her to a school resource officer, according to

A deputy from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office reported seeing a box of wine in her purse. Students in the class told the officer Richards-Gartee was allegedly consuming the wine during class.

The officer charged Richards-Gartee with disorderly conduct before releasing her to paramedics who took her to the hospital, according to The Smoking Gun.

The Lexington School District Two released a statement on Monday explaining that Richards-Gartee wasn’t actually employed by them.

“On Friday, March 10, 2017, it was reported to the Administration of Brookland-Cayce School that a substitute teacher was behaving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. This substitute is not an employee of the District, but works for Kelly Services. Kelly contracts with the District to provide substitute teachers.

The Administration responded immediately, removing the substitute from the classroom and sending her to the School Resource Officer. The District has been advised that law enforcement has filed criminal charges against the Kelly employee.”

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