A Tacoma, Washington kindergarten teacher has been fired after drinking in her classroom and registering a staggering .40, five times the legal limit to drive and the highest the test will register..
A student went to the principal’s office at Larchmont Elementary School on February 19th, saying something was wrong with the 32-year-old.
Investigators say Bowman was unsteady on her feet and walked into a wall in front of a class of fourth-graders.
Bowman’s classroom was found to contain an empty wine bottle and an empty white rum bottle.
She purportedly wrote in a text message to another female teacher, “Iâ€™m an idiot and will likely not step foot into my classroom anytime again in the near future. However, I have two bottles that are still stashed in there and Iâ€™m so dreading them finding them. Would you be willing to go into my room tomorrow and get them and put them in the garbage!?”
Authorities say Bowman, who was hired by the school district back in 2008, had a last-chance agreement with the district due to a previous alcohol-related incident in 2011.
Bowman confessed at that time to being drunk in her Grant Elementary classroom.
A letter from the principal at Larchmont, Cynthia Horner, included the following, “As most of you know, Ms. Bowman has been away from the classroom for the past week. This letter is to let you know that Ms. Bowman will be out for the remainder of the school year.”
Authorities say Bowman has filed an appeal.