Teacher Faces Charges After Allegedly Showing Up Drunk to Class

A Spanish teacher who allegedly showed up drunk for work at Southington High School in Connecticut last month is now facing disorderly conduct charges, The Hartford Courant reports.

John Edward Hansen Jr., 47, of New Haven, was “possibly impaired’’ the morning of Nov. 6, when students reported that he was acting strangely, according to police.

Before classes started for the day, surveillance footage shows Hansen stumbling down the hallway, bumping into lockers, and “roughhousing’’ with students during the Pledge of Allegiance. During first period, students told school officials that Hansen’s speech was slurred; by second period, he was reportedly swearing at them.


All of this is according to documents that The Courant obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act request.

Citing an anonymous “insider at the school’’ who alleges that there was more to it than merely unprofessional behavior, WTNH reported that Hansen allegedly also wet himself and pinned a student against a wall.

Hansen was removed from the classroom by school officials and then transported to a medical facility. Records indicate that Hansen, who told school officials that he had drunk a bottle of vodka the night before, failed a Breathalyzer test.

Upon Hansen’s departure, another teacher and a school psychologist took his place in the classroom, according to The Courant.

In a letter sent to parents, the school’s principal said a teacher “behaved in an unprofessional manner … and was removed immediately from the classroom.’’ Hansen was placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Police were never called to the school on the day of the incident, sparking outrage from some members of the community.

Hansen turned himself in to Southington police on Dec. 9 after learning that there was a warrant out for his arrest, according to a statement released today on the Southington Police Department’s Facebook page.


Hansen was released on a promise to appear in court and is set to make an appearance in Superior Court in Bristol, Conn. on Monday.

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