Substitute teacher arrested for teaching while drunk

Holly Joel

SANFORD, FL (WCMH)– A Florida substitute teacher was arrested and accused of being intoxicated while she taught at an elementary school Tuesday.

According to WKMG, 52-year-old Holly Joel was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm, disorderly intoxication and disturbing the peace and interfering with school administration functions.

Seminole County Public Schools officials said Joel was teaching a second grade class when the principal was alerted that she was acting oddly.

“Upon entering the classroom and speaking with the substitute, it was determined that she needed to be immediately removed from the classroom,” Bentley Elementary School principal Martha Garcia said in a letter sent to parents. “There was a suspicion that the substitute might be ill or under the influence of a prohibited substance.”

Police told WKMG that Joel was taken to a hospital by officers and later arrested.

“Throughout the course of the investigation, it was determined that Joel was under the influence of alcohol and had interfered with the learning environment necessary for education,” police said.

Joel later posted bond after being booked into the Seminole County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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