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story.lead_photo.caption Ann Higgins

A reportedly intoxicated high school teacher in central Arkansas was taken out of her classroom Friday and arrested on a public intoxication charge, authorities say.

Several other teachers at Maumelle High School reported the instructor, Ann Higgins, smelling of intoxicants and “acting in a strange manner,” the Maumelle Police Department said.

Higgins was removed from the classroom, at which point she took a breathalyzer test that showed a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent, according to a news release from police.

The teacher was taken to the Maumelle Police Department for processing and was cited, authorities said. She was released a short time later and is set to appear June 20 in Maumelle District Court.

Higgins is shown as a teacher of psychology and American history in a faculty listing for the school, which is part of the Pulaski County Special School District.

District spokeswoman Deborah Roush said Higgins has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

Higgins' arrest was the second reported by Arkansas Online in recent days involving a central Arkansas teacher accused of public intoxication.

Melisa Dillard, a teacher at Bethel Middle School, was arrested late last month on a similar charge after her students told school officials that she had fallen out of her chair.

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  • LRDawg
    May 12, 2017 at 4:27 p.m.

    Ridiculous! Keep her away from children.....She's setting a horrible example

  • Kharma
    May 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

    Several allegedly drunk teachers lately. WTF?

  • titleist10
    May 12, 2017 at 4:33 p.m.

    Terrible role model should not be allowed to teach

  • Wowy
    May 12, 2017 at 5:27 p.m.

    Hahaha, too funny...lighten up people ... first it's hilarious, second, what would Jesus do...
    Third, let's us turn the page and show the love and compassion we espouse...
    Is she a good teacher ? This would be my FIRST Question ...

  • MsShanLPN2B
    May 12, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.

    smh..... and she's teaching our kids. HANG HER!!! Solitary confinement!!!! No chance of parole!!!

  • gagewatcher
    May 12, 2017 at 5:41 p.m.

    I think you would have to be half tanked to be in a classroom all day with the teenage urchins.

  • arkateacher54
    May 12, 2017 at 6:20 p.m.

    Arkansas teachers have a code of ethics ans ADE has a panel that enforces it. I expect both these will lose their jobs and their teachers license. By the way Wowy, you are an idiot.

  • Tigermule
    May 12, 2017 at 6:48 p.m.

    Spring fever

  • Vickie55
    May 12, 2017 at 8:04 p.m.

    Snakebite, that was my first thought also. At least I was smart enough to stay far far away from that profession.

  • MaxCady
    May 12, 2017 at 8:35 p.m.

    Hey, it's the end of the year, teachers are starting to crack.

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