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Rutherford Co. Schools removes middle school math teacher found drunk before class

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UPDATE: According to the arrest report, the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Blackman Middle School was called to the 6th grade annex building in reference to an intoxicated person.

When the SRO arrived, he noticed a "strong odor of an intoxicant" coming from Garcia, who also allegedly had slurred, incoherent speech and was unsteady on his feet.

The SRO say Garcia admitted to drinking "mixed drinks" until 3 a.m. that morning.

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Rutherford County Schools said it removed a math teacher from Blackman Middle School after he was drunk before school started on Wednesday.

According to a spokesperson for Rutherford County Schools, someone told the administration that Christopher Garcia was possibly intoxicated. RCS said administrators intervened around 7:30 a.m. before classes started for the day.

Garcia was charged with public intoxication and removed from the school.

"We don't tolerate this type of behavior from our teachers, and he will not be permitted to teach at any other Rutherford County school," said James Evans, RCS Community Relations Coordinator.

The district said he was in his second year with them and not a tenured teacher.

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