Kara Donahoe was arrested last Thursday after showing up to her classroom drunk when another teacher suspected the 31-year-old of being under the influence during school hours, she then alerted school officials, who asked Donahoe if they could test her to make certain.
After Donahoe refused to be tested for a sobriety test, the administrators at the Bay Village Middle School in Ohio contacted the Bay Village Police Department where she tested positive on alcohol.
According to her personnel files, she began working at the school less than a year ago and has no criminal background.
However, according to the Board of Education policy agreement clause that she agreed and signed back in August, it states that “A professional staff member shall not inappropriately associate with students at any time in a manner which may give the appearance of impropriety… such as drugs, alcohol or tobacco.”
Her neighbors were in shock when they learned what happened as the neighbors said she seemed to be happily engaged, and she just moved into the Bay Village area about six months ago with her fiancé and works as an intervention specialist Bay Middle School. She works primarily with special education students.
The school district confirmed Donahoe has been placed on administrative leave without pay and that she is no longer teaching, while her case is being reviewed by the school officials.
Donahoe has been charged with disorderly conduct and intoxication.
The school district released this statement:
“The employee is a teacher who has been placed on administrative leave while the case is under review”
The school website described Donahoe as:
“Kara Donahoe will serve as an intervention specialist at Bay Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education with a minor in language arts from Michigan State University and licensure as an intervention specialist from Ashland University. She enjoys coaching lacrosse, traveling and walking her dog. She will be married in June to a Bay High graduate.”