A rural Oklahoma high school teacher got the school year started off in a less-than-ideal way when, police say, she showed up on her first day of work drunk and wearing no pants.
The teacher is 49-year-old Lorie Ann Hill, the Tulsa World reports.
The incident occurred on Monday at Wagoner High School, about 40 miles east of Tulsa.
School officials notified police at around 9 a.m. after two other teachers found Hill, in a depantsed state, in a classroom she claimed was her own.
“She was found in a room kind of disoriented,” local police chief Bob Haley told the World. “By the time we got there, she was in a room and wearing shorts.”
Police officers spoke with Hill, who admitted that she was under the influence of alcohol.
The investigating officers discovered an empty cup in her vehicle that smelled of vodka, according to Tulsa Fox affiliate KOKI.
“When our officers interviewed her she did admit to having had some vodka yesterday morning before she came to school,” Haley explained, according to CBS Houston.
Despite the admission, police said they don’t think they have enough evidence for a drinking-and-driving conviction because there are no witnesses that saw her drinking or driving.
Hill is a new teacher in the district this year. Like all teachers at Wagoner High, she was reporting for duty on the first day for school employees. The teachers who found Hill in the classroom didn’t know her.
Classes begin for local students on Thursday.
Police booked Hill on a charge of public intoxication. She was arraigned and released from jail on Tuesday night.
School district officials refused to comment on their pantsless employee, calling the matter a personnel issue.
Some local parents were disturbed about the strange incident.
“I don’t know, as an adult, I just don’t know how you can be a professional teacher and teaching young people, and then show up drunk,” said Frank Sandiford, the parent of a Wagoner High student, according to KOKI.