ANKENY, Iowa – An elementary school teacher is accused of drinking during school hours.
Ankeny police say they found a six-pack of beer in 40-year-old Jennifer Rich's classroom. The kindergarten teacher at East Elementary was arrested on Friday after a concerned parent notified police.
"This occurred right before or during the regularly scheduled school parties that were happening surrounding the Valentine Holiday," said Jenifer Owenson, Chief Human Resources Officer for Ankeny Schools.
A preliminary breath test showed that Rich had been drinking. Officers found two empty beer cans, and four full cans, in her bag. They also noticed that she had bloodshot and watery eyes.
Authorities charged Rich with public intoxication and one count of child endangerment.
"After the teacher was brought to the police station and we were made aware of that, we put her on administrative leave," said Owenson.
Rich resigned from her position on Monday. She had been with the district since 2001. The Ankeny School Board will vote on her resignation at its meeting Monday night.
School officials say they are not aware that any student was put in an unsafe situation at any time. East's Principal called parents over the weekend to explain what happened.