A Loudoun County teacher arrested for allegedly being drunk at school. The teacher was not interacting with students when she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol on campus, officials say.
Loudoun County Schools spokesman Wayde Bayard says that 43-year-old Laura Ann Collins, a 20-year veteran of the school system, was in a school training session at Creighton's Corner Elementary School when she was allegedly drunk. A substitute teacher was watching her class, officials said.
Fourth-grade student Joey Colon was surprised when he learned the teacher had been arrested Thursday morning.
"She's a really nice lady and I wouldn't think she'd get arrested... I wish she had called in and said 'I can't come into school. I'm not feeling well,'" he said.
A staff member alerted police to Collins condition around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. She was subsequently arrested and charged with being drunk in public. She is out of jail on her own recognizance.
"There's a certain behavior that needs to be followed and certainly drinking.. is not one of them," said Jami Haycock, a parent at the school.Collins, 43, has been a fourth grade teacher at Creighton's Corner Elementary since the school opened in 2008.
All students brought home a letter alerting their parents of Collins' arrest Thusday. School officials say they tried to use the incident to teach students a life lesson, and maintain Collins was not in front of students at the time.
"Student safety was never compromised," said Loudoun schools spokesperson Wayde Bayard.
Collins has been put on paid leave pending the investigation. Results from a breathalyzer test given to Collins are not yet available. Her court date is scheduled for July 17th.
Student Colon says he hopes his teacher will be given a second chance. "I hope she comes back next year. Just to teach other kids and tell people about her," he said.