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Pinal County Teacher Arrested After Admitting To Drinking At School

An Arizona high school teacher has been cited for consuming alcohol in public and may face disorderly conduct charges.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say students at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley called the office Wednesday, after they say 57-year-old Kathleen Jardine began cursing at them.

A deputy says Jardine admitted she had been drinking the night before, that morning and during lunch in her classroom.

The deputy says the math teacher had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.205.  Had she been caught driving at that level she would have faced super extreme DUI charges. 

Jardine, who is from Chandler, was fired from a New Mexico school in 2011, after a similar incident.

Florence Unified School District officials say due to the pending criminal charges and the fact it’s a personnel issue, they were not at liberty to comment further.