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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Va. teacher was drunk at school: Police


(Courtesy of Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
A veteran fourth-grade teacher at Creighton’s Corner Elementary in Ashburn was charged with public drunkenness Wednesday for allegedly being intoxicated at the school, according to police.

A school resource officer arrested Laura Ann Collins, 43, of Leesburg, around 1 p.m. at the school.

School personnel had reported that the teacher appeared to be under the influence, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office determined Collins was under the influence and she was charged, according to a release.

Collins had been attending an in-school training session on Wednesday and had not taught any classes that day, said Wayde Byard, a public information officer for Loudoun County schools.

Collins has been suspended with pay and the school district will wait until her criminal charges are resolved before weighing any additional disciplinary action, Byard said.

Collins has taught at Loudoun County schools for 20 years and at Creighton’s Corner since the school opened in 2008, according to Byard. Byard declined to discuss what led school personnel to think she was drunk or if Collins had been disciplined in the past.

Counselors were at Creighton’s Corner Thursday. “We’re using this as a life lesson,” Byard said.

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