MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- Parents of students who attend Lenihan Intermediate School fear their child's teacher may have been drunk in the classroom before.
On Wednesday, 33 - year -old, Carissa Bryant, was arrested at the school and charged with public intoxication. Breathalyzer results from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office show Bryant's blood alcohol concentration was .19 - percent.
Parents say they generally knew the 6th grade teacher as being a good teacher but as of lately they say their impressions have changed.
Last week, Kimi Banderas, says her daughter told her Bryant passed out at the school and was taken away by ambulance. Her daughter claims the teacher often slurs her words and has trouble walking straight. Based on what her daughter told her, Banderas believes it was alcohol induced.
"She came home and told me about it. She’s like, mom she smelled funny and the stuff that was in her cup smelled funny," Banderas said.
While other parents say are sympathetic, the believe the district should fire Bryant.
"I don’t really want to crucify somebody but I'd like to see somebody get help in situations like this," Chuck Harmon said. His wife, Carrie says teacher should be held to a higher standard, "Our kids are already in 6th grade. They are already being exposed to drugs and alcohol, when its gonna stop? Our teachers are supposed to be their mentors and are supposed to be their role models."
The Marshall County Attorney's office is still determining whether to file child endangerment charges based on the ages of the students in the classroom at the time.