Teaching is a stressful, underpaid job, and we can't blame a guy for knocking back a few beers after a long day of grading papers and being cyber-bullied by his unruly students. But Erik Schock, a former middle school teacher in Bellevue, Washington, had a few beers too many -- specifically, nine of them -- and showed up to work the next morning with an estimated .15 blood alcohol level.
Schock taught class until noon that day (his lecture might've been incomprehensible, but he gets an A+ for effort), at which point the assistant principal smelled the booze on him and noticed his bloodshot eyes. Schock was dismissed from his teaching duties, with an administrative review concluding, "It is highly likely that students observed his high level of intoxication, slurred speech and watery eyes."
Now Schock is suing the Bellevue School District for wrongful termination, claiming that drunkenness in class doesn't count as "flagrant misconduct." Parents are furious that he wants his job back, since he's not much of a role model for their kids. We have to agree, even though we'd likewise rather have a hard cider on our desk than a stupid red apple.
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