Report: Substitute teacher threw up in class, had box of wine in her purse

Updated: Mar. 13, 2017 at 12:32 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A substitute teacher at a Lexington 2 high school was so intoxicated that she threw up on the floor of the classroom and had to be taken to Lexington Medical Center, according to an incident report.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department incident report claims the teacher, identified as Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee, 52, could not even stand up when a school administrator arrived.

"She had a box of wine in her bag that was opened, and students said she was consuming the wine during class," the report said.

A sheriff's deputy arrived a short time later. The report says Richards-Gartee was then placed in a wheelchair and rolled into the nurse's office until EMS arrived to transport her to the hospital.

Richards-Gartee was arrested following the incident.

Lexington 2 released a statement on the incident, saying Richards-Gartee was not a district employee, but instead worked for a third-party company that helps to provide substitutes.

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