Wisconsin elementary teacher passed out, had 0.27 BAL during school field trip

Caya kicked off her end-of-the-school-year celebration about 12 hours too soon.
Caya kicked off her end-of-the-school-year celebration about 12 hours too soon.

:::: UPDATE :::: Maria Caya, teacher who had 0.27 BAL during field trip, paid $18,000 to resign

It's no surprise folks like to tip a few back in Wisconsin, but this is ridiculous.

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Janesville fourth-grade teacher Maria Caya faces possible disciplinary action -- including the prospect of losing her job -- after she passed out drunk during a field trip to a bowling alley during the last day of school last Thursday. She was later taken to a hospital where, at noon, her BAL clocked in at 0.27, which is more than three times the legal limit.

According to numerous reports, after Caya, 50, passed out at the bowling alley, her husband came to pick her up and take her home. But he instead took her to the emergency room.

Caya told ER staff she'd started drinking that morning at 6 a.m. before chaperoning the school field trip, which prompted a social worker to contact police. Caya's husband, who is a lawyer, advised her not to talk to cops and she didn't end up getting arrested.

Asked about the decision not to arrest Caya during a press conference yesterday, Janesville officer John Olsen said, "There's nothing to indicate that she caused any type of disturbance or anything like that that would raise it to disorderly conduct or anything like that."

Caya was one of eight district employees on the trip. Though she was three sheets to the wind, the police report says other chaperones apparently weren't aware that anything was awry until she passed out.

In a Channel 3000 report, Katie Schulte, superintendent for the Janesville School District, says the district will soon begin an independent investigation into the incident.

If it's found that Caya violated the district's drug and alcohol policy, her punishment could include "suspension all of the way through termination," Schulte said.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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