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

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
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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.

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debpias
debpias

How am I not surprised...


i was born and raised in Wisconsin, and I'm so glad that I got the hell out of there. Ranked #1 for binge drinking, and #49 in economic standing. That place is a desolate misery hole that will suck the life right out of you. 

Consonant Homes
Consonant Homes

Not a disease, decision, and alcoholism or not, you can wait one more day. Let's just enable every other person out there who can't figure it out and call their lack of self control a "condition". If it were your children on that field trip, you would be out of your mind pissed.

Susan Lueck
Susan Lueck

School field trip with elementary students would make anyone want to drink. Still, feel bad for the kids.

Eric Landstrom
Eric Landstrom

Nobody noticed that she was tossed until she passed out? Was everybody drinking?

Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson

This is very sad and horrifying, esp after what just happened with the filed trip to Lilydale Regional Park where two children died. It's always unsettling to send your kid on a field trip, then after Lilydale, and now a severely drunken chaperone. I am very sad for this woman's obvious alcoholism and hope she gets help, but of course I think she should be fired and lose her teaching license.

Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson

"par for the course"? I thought this story couldn't get any sadder.

Liz Golden
Liz Golden

Alcoholism is a disease, I'm not sure how exposing this woman is helping anything...

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

This just reaffirms everyone's suspicions about people from Wisconsin.

alison.mickelson
alison.mickelson

This part is disturbing:

  • "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."
I mean, she had to smell like a distillery, right?

Derek Kosky
Derek Kosky

started at 6am? yep, she needs to get help with that. That's when you've hit a real low.

Angela Wiberg Morris
Angela Wiberg Morris

It sounds like she's an alcoholic. This is sad and humiliating but hopefully it will be a wake-up call that she needs to get help. It usually takes something really awful like this to get someone to realize the path they're on. Good luck to her and her family.

apuhson
apuhson

"possible disciplinary action" POSSIBLE? Bitch, please.

Hullaski Sivart
Hullaski Sivart

As a teacher, I can say that this is about par for the course among the professionals I work with.

Catie Belleveau
Catie Belleveau

so what part of alcoholism does the public not understand after all of these years --- we make moronic movies laughing about "drunk-eness" and yet do not get alcoholism as a disease -- HMMMM? why ?

Onan
Onan

@apuhson  - I see you're not familiar with certain labor laws and the effect of a possible "chemically dependency" clause in her employment contract.

starla
starla

@Catie Belleveau  Agreed!  This woman needs empathy and compassion and yes, disciplinary action.  Consequences could help her heal

apuhson
apuhson

@Trevor Ludwig I don't get why this would be a problem?


Erica
Erica

@Marcos Maiero Not so cool. She was supposed to be watching her young charges. Secondly you can die of alcohol poisoning. She is lucky she didn't suffer from alcohol poisoning, let alone die from it. Assuming she has a drinking problem which it sounds like she has one, that is also not cool.

cad26
cad26

@Onan The are going to start classifying obesity as a disease, as well. The point is, it is within the person's control both mentally and physically. I know a few "alcoholics" who haven't had a sip of alcohol in many years and have no desire to. It is an insult to people with real diseases that are not controllable when the gov't starts labeling the consequences of bad decisions as "diseases." 

barbertj23
barbertj23

@apuhson 
It's clearly a case of, "if we can't make it illegal we'll put as many ridiculous roadblocks in the way as possible."

It's political harassment of people who don't agree with religious pro-life thought.

For a mandatory $400 -  $1200 cost, what function does it actually serve?

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