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Teacher of special needs students shows up drunk to work

By Mason White 8:45 AM May 15, 2017
Kara Donahoe
Kara Donahoe
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A teacher of special needs students lost her job after showing up to work under the influence of alcohol, according to police in Ohio.

Bay Village police said that they have arrested 31-year-old Kara Donahoe, after a school employee noticed that she looked drunk around her special needs students.

Donahoe has been charged with disorderly conduct and intoxication. The Bay Village City School District announced that the teacher has been placed on administrative leave.

According to the police investigation, officers were called at around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, after a school employee suspected that Donahoe was drunk.

She refused to take a breathalyzer test, and she failed field sobriety tests.

While announcing their teacher lineup, the school wrote on its website: “Kara Donahoe will serve as an intervention specialist at Bay Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education with a minor in language arts from Michigan State University and licensure as an intervention specialist from Ashland University.

“She enjoys coaching lacrosse, traveling and walking her dog. She will be married in June to a Bay High graduate.”

Donahoe said at the time that she “became a teacher to encourage and engage students, and to help them be successful members of today’s society.”