School board reinstates teacher fired for teaching while intoxicated

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School district representatives want to fire a teacher at Bille Martinez Elementary after they say she showed up drunk to work on May 8, 2013.

Hughes will apparently not continue to teach at Billie Martinez Elementary School.

GREELEY, Colo. — A veteran school teacher who was fired for teaching while intoxicated has been reinstated by Greeley-Evans School District 6, the district confirmed Thursday.

Glennis Hughes, who had taught in the district for 23 years before the incident, was fired in late May. The school board voted unanimously this week to reinstate her. A spokesperson declined to provide any further details on the decision.

On May 8 of this year, staffers at Billie Martinez Elementary School reported fourth-grade teacher Hughes appeared to be drunk on the job. After she agreed to be breathalyzed by the school security officer, her blood alcohol level was measured at 0.132 percent.

That level of intoxication — significantly above the .08 percent DUI limit — produces major physical and mental impairment in most people.

Hughes will not return to the same school, but will remain in the district, the Greeley Tribune reported.

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6 comments

  • DR Commish

    Is it any wonder Public Schools are a complete mess? Vote NO on Amendment 66, until Teacher Unions insist on measures to make teacher’s, administration, and union leadership accountable for their actions and inactions.

  • Pat Reedy

    What is going on with our School Districts? Teaching while Drunk is OK? What kind of example is that? This is beyond WRONG!!

  • ALEX MCKINLEY

    KID USES HAND AS GUN…. EXPELLED….. TEACHER TEACHING DRUNK… STILL HAS JOB… THIS IS WHATS WRONG PEOPLE.

  • freethought

    What is wrong, Alex, is that you probably graduated from high school and still cannot put together a cognitive thought in correct form. Maybe YOU were drunk in school?

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