Female teacher in California, 46, is arrested after teaching a class while drunk and high

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A California high school teacher was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly teaching her students while drunk, stoned and high on prescription medication.

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Terra Linda High School teacher Teagan Leonhart, 46, of San Anselmo was booked into Marin County Jail on public intoxication and child endangerment after a school administrator called police to report an instructor was under the influence at 11.51 am.

She was pulled out of the classroom and interviewed by police – initially, she denied drinking that morning, but admitted to consuming alcohol after a breathalyzer test came back with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.24 percent, police said. 

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Before she was removed, Leonhart taught 53 students in her classroom that day, police said.

She was booked at Marin County Jail and has since been released – the school’s administration told DailyMail.com that Leonhart is now on paid administrative leave.

Terra Linda High School teacher Teagan Leonhart of San Anselmo, 46 (pictured), was booked into Marin County Jail on public intoxication and child endangerment after a school administrator called police to report an instructor under the influence at 11.51 am Wednesday

Terra Linda High School teacher Teagan Leonhart of San Anselmo, 46 (pictured), was booked into Marin County Jail on public intoxication and child endangerment after a school administrator called police to report an instructor under the influence at 11.51 am Wednesday

Terra Linda High School in San Rafael is a 'high achieving' school with 1,039 students enrolled at the top 25 percent of all California high schools, according to PrepScholar

Terra Linda High School in San Rafael is a ‘high achieving’ school with 1,039 students enrolled at the top 25 percent of all California high schools, according to PrepScholar

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‘A school employee alerted a school administrator that they beleived a teacher was under the influence of alcohol or drugs,’ the San Rafael Police Department Lieutenant Dan Drink told KRON4. 

‘The administrator went to the classroom where the teacher, Teagan Leonhart, was teaching. The administrator saw that Leonhart showed signs of intoxication and removed her from the classroom.’

When questioned by officers, Leonhart allegedly denied drinking any alcohol before coming to class, police said. But a breathalyzer test revealed that the English teacher’s blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit for driving a car. 

‘When confronted with the results of the test, [Leonhart]  admitted to consuming some alcohol that morning,’ Fink said. 

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Fink said the San Rafael officer, who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert, determined that Leonhart was not only drunk, but under the influence of marijuana and a prescription drug. 

‘It was the opinion of the DRE officer that due to her intoxication level, Leonhart was unable to care for the safety of the children while they were in her classroom.’

Leonhart has been teaching at Terra Linda High for ten years, according to her LinkedIn profile

Leonhart has been teaching at Terra Linda High for ten years, according to her LinkedIn profile

The principal of Terra Linda High School, Katy Dunlap, told DailyMail.com that Leonhart was on paid administrative leave after the incident

The principal of Terra Linda High School, Katy Dunlap, told DailyMail.com that Leonhart was on paid administrative leave after the incident

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Leonhart was taken to Marin County Jail, but does not appear to be in custody there currently, according to jail records. 

Terra Linda Principal Katy Dunlap told DailyMail.com that Leonhart on paid administrative leave after the incident.  

‘Terra Linda High School does not comment on personnel matters. The safety and well-being of our students are my highest priority,’ she wrote in an email. 

‘Principal Katy Dunlap has reached out to students and families via email.’

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Terra Linda High School in San Rafael is a ‘high achieving’ school with 1,039 students enrolled at the top 25 percent of all California high schools, according to PrepScholar.

Earlier this month, she asked her friends on Facebook for science fiction and fantasy recommendations for a unit in her classroom - and said that she was inviting an author who penned a book about 'lesbian gunslingers in space' to come speak with her students

Earlier this month, she asked her friends on Facebook for science fiction and fantasy recommendations for a unit in her classroom – and said that she was inviting an author who penned a book about ‘lesbian gunslingers in space’ to come speak with her students

Leonhart has been teaching at Terra Linda High for ten years, according to her LinkedIn profile. 

Earlier this month, she asked her friends on Facebook for science fiction and fantasy recommendations for a unit in her classroom – and said that she was inviting an author who penned a book about ‘lesbian gunslingers in space’ to come speak with her students. 

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‘I’m doing this because I think the kids will big it, and I want to know more about these genres myself,’ she wrote. 

‘I met a woman whose daughter wrote and published (at 24) a novel about ‘lesbian gun slingers in space.’ I am hoping to have her come in. So… that’s a good example of my quest.’ 

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