Yearling Middle School teacher arrested

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. - Newschannel 5 looked into the personnel file of a Yearling Middle School teacher accused of being drunk in the classroom. The file shows the Okeechobee County teacher was reprimanded for having unlabeled prescription medication in her classroom desk.

Since the teacher has not been charged in this last incident we are not naming her. The Yearling Middle School teacher's personnel file shows effective and exemplary teacher evaluations since 1998. It also shows two letters of reprimand.

The first letter came after her 2010 arrest for prescription fraud or "doctor shopping." The board never revoked her teaching certificate. The teacher was allowed to return to school following her completion of drug court.

But the second reprimand occurred just a year later in 2012 when a substitute teacher found prescription medication inside her desk. It was not in a marked bottle. The district told the teacher then that she could be arrested if it happened again. From that point on, the teacher had to keep her medication at the school's nurse station for the student's safety.

"All I can tell you is this is what they felt should be the next steps. As far as if someone thought it was odd I can't comment on if they thought it was odd," said Joni Ard, Assistant Superintendent for the Okeechobee County School District.

The school board is holding a March hearing regarding the teacher's latest suspension.

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