Substitute teacher drinks boxed wine, vomits in classroom: cops

The weekend kicked off a tad too early for one South Carolina substitute teacher.

Administrators at Brookland-Cayce High School say they found Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee, 52, vomiting on the ground in front of students in her classroom around 9:45 Friday morning.

After getting sight of the unsuitable scene, officials pulled the woman — who was unable to walk — away from the area in a wheelchair and to a school resource officer, TheState.com reported.

That’s when a Lexington county deputy discovered the box of wine hanging out of her handbag.


She was then taken into the nurse's office and later brought to a nearby medical center.

Lexington School District 2 released a statement on the matter Monday.

“On Friday, March 10, 2017, it was reported to the Administration of Brookland-Cayce School that a substitute teacher was behaving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. This substitute is not an employee of the District, but works for Kelly Services. Kelly contracts with the District to provide substitute teachers.”

Students sitting in on the class told police they saw Richards-Gartee drinking during the morning session.

“The District has been advised that law enforcement has filed criminal charges against the Kelly employee,” the statement read.

Richards-Gartee was charged with disorderly conduct.