A California teacher, Tegan Leonhart was arrested this week for being “drunk and high” in her classroom.
This sounds pretty bad, but there’s a lot of factors we gotta take into consideration here before playing the blame game and wagging the finger of shame. Let’s take a second to step back and give our “cool, fun” teacher the benefit of the doubt. I mean who doesn’t like to have a drink after a long day of work? What? It was at 11:51am? Yikes. Okay, but, it’s a Friday, right? Who doesn’t like to get the part started a little early on a Friday? What? It was a Wednesday? Hmmmm that doesn’t bode too well at all. Well maybe it was free period and she wasn’t watching any kids! “According to police, Leonhart had been teaching all day and was responsible for the safety of 53 children.” Shit. “A preliminary alcohol screening test showed that she was more than three times over the legal limit to be fit for driving, according to SRPD. Leonhart then admitted to consuming some alcohol that morning. Leonhart was found to have consumed alcohol, a prescription drug and cannabis. She was arrested by SRPD on charges of public intoxication and child endangerment.” Triple shit.
Imagine your Geometry teacher just being full on blacked out while trying to explain the Pythagorean theorem? I wasn’t able to grasp sophomore year math sober, let alone crossed. That’s honestly impressive. If you can successfully teach high school physics while you’re zooted, you deserve that privilege to be able to teach while fucked up. But, as cool as that sounds, I don’t know what side I’m really on. Have you ever hung out with dumb high schoolers? They’ll drive you to do crazy things.
Honestly, knowing high schoolers, most of the students in that class probably had more drugs in their system than Ms. Leonhart. Well if the Marin County jail needs a new math teacher, I know just where they can find one.