A substitute teacher in the Puyallup School District has been suspended pending an investigation of her behavior that required sheriff's deputies to restrain her Thursday.
Deputies were called to Pope Elementary School at 15102 122nd Ave. E. about 12:30 p.m. after the teacher began swearing and screaming at students in the sixth-grade class, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troy-er said Friday.
The 46-year-old teacher also appeared to be passing out at her desk with her head on her arms and her eyes closed, he said.
No children were hurt, he said.
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The News Tribune is not naming the teacher because the incident remains under review.
The teacher was rude and uncooperative with firefighters who school officials called because she appeared ill, and with the deputies called to help subdue her, Troyer said.
The teacher told deputies she had taken medication the night before and had consumed a couple of glasses of wine before coming to school.
“She smelled of alcohol,” Troyer said. “A container of alcohol also was found in her purse.”
School officials sent a letter home with students from the class, stating that their substitute teacher had been taken “ill,” school district spokeswoman Karen Hansen said.
Privacy laws do not allow the district to give any further details of the teacher’s condition, she said.
The teacher, who had taught full-time in the district in the past, had been substituting in the district since the beginning of the school year, Hansen said.
She said the students acted calmly during the incident and the principal later met with them to talk about what happened.