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California DA drops charges against alleged drunken teacher: ‘Not illegal’

A Northern California elementary school teacher will not be charged after allegedly being intoxicated while teaching in the classroom, the local district attorney’s office announced Monday.

Wendy Munson, a second grade teacher at Nuestro Elementary School in Live Oak, California, was arrested on October 2, 2023, on charges of DUI and child endangerment.

Officers with the Sutton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a teacher who had allegedly been driving to school while intoxicated and reported seeing the teacher in a visibly intoxicated state while teaching students.

A fellow employee at Nuestro Elementary reportedly called police, and police said Manson was in the middle of teaching students when he was questioned by officers.

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Wendy Munson was arrested in Sutter County, California on October 2, 2023, on suspicion of DUI, child abuse likely to cause serious injury, and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. On Monday, the Sutter County District Attorney dropped the charges against Munson, saying they would be difficult to prove in court. (Sutter County Jail)

She was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test.

But on Monday, Sutter County District Attorney Jennifer Dupre’s office announced it would not be filing charges against Manson.

“After a lengthy and thorough investigation, the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges against Wendy Munson, a second grade teacher at Nuestro School, who was arrested on October 2, 2023,” the district attorney’s office said in a Facebook post. “During the investigation, no evidence was obtained that Munson had been drinking alcohol while driving to the school, let alone once she arrived at the school.”

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Charges against California teacher were dropped. (iStock)

Dupre’s office also said the child endangerment requirement could not be met because there was no information showing children in Munson’s classroom were in danger.

“The mere possibility of such a situation occurring is not enough to satisfy the requirements of the law,” the statement read. “While the DA’s office recognizes that teaching classes while intoxicated is highly inappropriate, unfortunately it is not illegal.”

When Manson was arrested at the elementary school in October, Nuestro School District Superintendent Baljinder Dhillon wrote to parents that the suspect had been escorted off campus and taken into custody.

FOX 11 in Los Angeles Dillon reported that students did not witness the arrest and that parents were told that a long-term substitute teacher would be hired for the second-grade class taught by Manson.

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Dillon did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment about Manson’s status as a teacher.

The district attorney’s office said the dropping of charges against Manson will not affect any decisions regarding Dillon’s employment status.

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