Substitute teacher arrested for allegedly being drunk on the job in Michigan classroom

Teacher removed from Michigan classroom for drunkenness
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A substitute teacher filling in in a Lenawee County classroom was removed and then arrested for allegedly being drunk on the job.

Staff at Blissfield Middle School dialed 911 at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday to request help for the teacher. He reportedly was experiencing an "altered state of consciousness."

At first, it was thought the teacher was experiencing a medical emergency, then police arrived and said they discovered the man was actually drunk.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct/public intoxication and was taken to county jail.

Meanwhile, the superintendent assured parents that no students were harmed by the incident. The substitute has reportedly been warned to never return to the school.

This comes as Michigan school districts experience a patchwork of in-person and remote learning during the pandemic while the governor urges them all to return to classrooms by March 1. The governor has also authorized $500 in hazard pay for each Michigan teacher who has worked during the coronavirus.