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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Loudoun teacher: I drank the night before school, not on a school day

So it wasn’t Bob Costas and Jerry Sandusky, but WRC-TV 4’s Shomari Stone scored an exclusive interview with the Loudoun County middle school teacher arrested for being drunk at school Monday. But you do have to wonder, again, what lawyer thought going on TV right after an arrest was a good idea.

Radhakrishnan Sivaramapillai, Loudoun County schoolteacher accused of being drunk in school. Is trying to make physics interesting so wrong? (Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
Radhakirishnan Sivaramapillai taught physics at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in South Riding until his arrest Monday, after he allegedly showed up intoxicated, was checked out by a Loudoun sheriff’s deputy and given a field breathalyzer test. Did any 12-year-old student really object to a drunk teacher trying to liven up concepts like inertia and kinetic energy on a Monday morning? “Hey kids, watch how gravity draws me into a state of inertia?” PLOMP. I think not.

Sivaramapillai told Stone, “I had a little last night, and I don’t know what happened.” A little will do that to some people. “Right now, I am feeling a little exhausted,” he said. That does tend to be the after effect of “a little.”

Asked why he was charged with being drunk in public, the teacher responded, “I’ve never done the public drinking.”

Such a fine line between drunk and drinking, isn’t it?

Here’s the full face-to-face NBC 4 interview:

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Categories:  Loudoun County, Schools | Tags:  Radhakirishnan Sivaramapillai, Virginia

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