Hey, no one ever said that being a elementary school principal would be easy. It’s tough enough to take care of your own kids, much less worry about hundreds of other people’s kids each day. So, it wouldn’t be surprising if the pressure got to you in that job and you had to take a drink or two at night to calm your nerves.
Or maybe even one in the morning to get you going.
Apparently, Owasco Elementary School (NY) Principal Richenda Walter needed a little more than that to get through the day after being on the job for a little over a year in upstate New York. We suspect that because police found her passed out at the wheel of her car in the middle of the road earlier this week on her way to work. This was at 10:30 in the morning and cops also found a bottle of vodka on the seat next to her.
Richenda was initially found by a parent (oh no) who saw her car stopped in the street and when up to investigate when he found her slumped over the wheel. After smelling the alcohol, the concerned father called police who arrived shortly thereafter and charged with aggravated the school official with driving while intoxicated, along with a few other minor charges.
In the end, they gave her a breathalyzer and found out that she had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.25%, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08%. According to online charts, a BAC that high would require a LOT of drinks in the hour before Ms. Walter got in that car. Assuming she is an average weight of 160 lbs, that would mean she would have had to have had at least 9 drinks in the hour before cops tested here.
Who knows what drove her to drink? Could have been the job, or family problems. Either way, she’ll get some time away from work to deal with her problems.
Source: Local Syracuse