Yearling Middle School teachers suspected of being drunk has been suspended

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- An Okeechobee County middle school teacher, removed from the classroom after suspicions of being drunk, has been suspended without pay.

According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred last month during class at Yearling Middle School.

Several students told investigators they noticed that their teacher was speaking with slurred speech and having trouble standing.

When a deputy and the school principal went into the classroom to investigate, they noticed the teacher having trouble maintaining balance.

The report indicates that after the teacher was removed for further questioning, investigators noticed a strong smell of alcohol and watched the teacher struggle just to walk down the hallway.

According to the Okeechobee School District, "school board policy provides an individual 15 days to request a hearing on any decision which affects his/her substantial interest." 

If there is a hearing it will take place on March 11.

NewsChannel 5's Jeff Skrzypek contributed to this report.

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