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Poston Butte H.S. teacher cited for being drunk in class

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Poston Butte math teacher Kathleen Jardine was cited for being drunk in class. Vodka, wine and Sunny D were found in her purse. Credit: @miagarciafox10 Poston Butte math teacher Kathleen Jardine was cited for being drunk in class. Vodka, wine and Sunny D were found in her purse. Credit: @miagarciafox10
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. - Authorities say a Poston Butte High School math teacher showed up to class drunk and continued drinking throughout the day.

The day before she was caught drunk at school she was arrested for super extreme DUI and had her SUV impounded. It happened an hour after school had let out Tuesday in front of Perry High School in Gilbert. Officers stopped her in a school zone and she said she was on her way home.

"She was yelling at kids all the time, so she never really yells; that was a sign, and she yelled at kids using profanity," said Blake Jerome.

Pinal County Sheriff's officials say students called the main office Wednesday after 57-year-old Kathleen Jardine began cursing at them.

"She would slur her words and mess up on her writing, and stumble a lot," said Brandon Gray.

Initially, Jardine denied drinking any alcohol, but later admitted she drank the night before, that morning and during lunch in her classroom.

According to PCSO, Jardine blew a .205 blood alcohol concentration level.

"Math is a difficult subject to learn as it is. I wouldn't imagine trying to learn from a teacher who is impaired, who is drunk, and trying to teach math," said Sheriff Paul Babeu.

A school security officer went to Jardine's classroom to get her purse and discovered a bottle of vodka, an empty single serving size bottle of wine and a bottle of Sunny D.

Jardine confirmed the alcohol belonged to her.  She was cited for one count of consumption of alcohol in public and was released to her daughter.  She could face disorderly conduct charges.

Florence Unified School District officials declined to comment, citing it as a personnel issue.

Per PCSO, Jardine was arrested  for extreme DUI in Gilbert on Tuesday.

Statement from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu:
"Learning math can be hard enough, I can't imagine trying to learn it from a drunk teacher. This is not the first time teacher Kathleen Jardine has been intoxicated in the classroom.  During September of 2011 she was a math teacher at Belen High School in New Mexico. Students reported to their administration she was 'acting strange and slurring her words.' It was determined she was intoxicated and she was later fired from the school.  The Florence Unified District has a close working relationship with our office to ensure the safety and security of their students. School officials immediately took action and notified our school resource deputy as soon as they discovered Jardine was intoxicated."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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