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Teacher So Drunk, Principal Feared Stroke

UK kindergarten teacher downs wine bottle at lunch
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2011 5:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – It’s Bad Teacher come true: A kindergarten teacher in London got so smashed during lunch that her coworkers called an ambulance. Her principal thought the stumbling 51-year-old, who had tried to teach after drinking, was suffering a stroke; paramedics soon discovered the truth. A teachers’ council has found her guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct,” the Daily Mail reports.

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Penny Truman’s “actions have the potential to bring the reputation and standing of the profession into serious disrepute,” said an official, though he noted that “she was clearly going through a period of personal stress, apparently deteriorating health, she suffered a family bereavement at the time and was exhausted." She hasn’t been fired, but she’s required to show a “satisfactory medical report” indicating good mental health before she can return to her job. (Read more teacher stories.)

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