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Teacher Who Was Allegedly Drunk While Teaching 2nd Grade Class Has Charges Dropped - 'It Is Not Illegal'

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Drinking and driving may be illegal, but, at least in California, drinking and teaching is not.

This was made quite clear in Sutter County, California, on Monday when prosecutors revealed they would not be pressing charges against a 57-year-old teacher accused of exactly that.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the teacher — Wendy Munson of Nuestro Elementary School — was arrested in October after local law enforcement officials were tipped off that the teacher appeared to be under the influence while teaching.

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Munson then failed a sobriety test, registering a 0.20 percent blood alcohol level hours after the initial tips came in.

In a statement obtained by the Times, prosecutors revealed that Munson’s actions were not technically illegal.

“While the district attorney’s office agrees that it is highly inappropriate to teach while intoxicated, it is, unfortunately, not illegal,” the statement said.

The initial arrest of Munson was not based on her merely teaching while drunk, however.

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Rather, officials had suspected the teacher drove drunk prior to the arrest.

Despite eight months of investigation — which included numerous witness interviews with students and the discovery of a video showing the teacher driving to work — the prosecution could not find sufficient evidence to prove that Munson had driven while intoxicated.

Sutter County District Attorney Jennifer Dupré claimed that the investigation could not prove Munson hadn’t gotten drunk after arriving at work, which is not a crime.

“She doesn’t get out of the car and tumble or anything, so that didn’t help us,” Dupré said of the video evidence, according to the Times.

“I certainly don’t support anyone teaching drunk, but I can’t charge anyone criminally,” she further told CBS News.

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Though Munson’s current employment status is unclear, the Times noted that the Nuestro Elementary School District’s website does not currently list her as a teacher.

Monday’s news generated harsh social media backlash.

“That’s child endangerment at the best. That’s like saying they can’t prove someone driving drunk endangered people on the road,” one X user wrote.

“Ya just gotta love California. Degeneracy all around. No more crime,” another user wrote.

“Can anyone even imagine having a teacher in our classes drunk? I can’t. Man, how times have changed,” another wrote.


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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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