Substitute teacher arrested for drinking in class

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – School is out for the day at Jacobs Road Elementary but today it was a teacher that ended up in the principal's office, then behind bars. 50 year old Sabrina Pado was arrested for being drunk while teaching a classroom of 3rd graders.

"A substitute teacher came to the school drunk and the kids went to the principal, and she was acting weird and they arrested her," said parent, Vicki Cullather.

It happened just before 10 Friday morning. A letter sent home to parents by the school principal thanked the students for alerting school administrators about the problem. A spokesperson for Chesterfield County schools released the following statement: "We have strict personnel expectations that also apply to substitute teachers. Those expectations come with consequences."

Now Pado is facing charges including public intoxication and bringing alcohol on school property. She ducked back inside her home once she saw our cameras and wouldn't answer any questions. Chesterfield police tell us she was almost twice the legal limit.

"When she's in that position she should be doing her job properly, but you cannot be doing your job properly if you have been drinking," said another parent.

Jacob's Road's principal credits the students for helping to keep the school safe for themselves and others.

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