Claire Danskin, Vero Beach High School teacher, faces suspension after bringing alcohol in lunch bag

VERO BEACH — A Vero Beach High School foreign language teacher charged in December for driving under the influence could lose her job for allegedly bringing a bottle with alcohol in it to school in her lunch bag.

The Indian River County School Board is expected to decide Tuesday whether to suspend Claire Danskin, of Sebastian, without pay, pending the outcome of a termination hearing. Schools Superintendent Fran Adams originally wrote to Danskin saying she planned to recommend termination for the longtime teacher.

Danskin is allowed to request a termination hearing.

According to a Feb. 25 letter Adams wrote to Danskin, the teacher brought a Skyy Vodka bottle onto campus and into her classroom in her lunch bag on Dec. 13.

"Due to your behavior that day, the liquid in the bottle was submitted to the Indian River Crime Lab for testing," Adams said. The liquid had an ethanol concentration of 39.3 percent by volume and had the appearance, odor and alcoholic content consistent with a distilled spirits beverage, the letter said.

On Dec. 13, Danskin was charged with driving under the influence after police said she parked her car at VBHS by straddling two parking spaces, hit an art teacher's van and walked away with the car still running.

Police said Danskin had no alcohol in her system that day, based on a blood alcohol content test, but was under the influence of medication, reports said.

According to published reports, Danskin allegedly told officers she took a pain pill and had a glass of wine the night before, then took medication for high blood pressure the morning of Dec. 13.

Possession of alcohol on school board property is a violation of school board rules and grounds for termination, Adams said in the letter.

Danskin has been a teacher in the district for at least 10 years.

Danskin could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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