MADISONVILLE, Tenn. – When Vonore Middle School teacher Andi McCallie was arrested – again – this week, she became the third Monroe County, Tennessee teacher within a month to find herself in handcuffs.
McCallie was arrested over the weekend after she failed to appear in general sessions court in Loudon County, WBIR reports.
She was previously arrested in June and charged with shoplifting.
Director of Monroe County Schools Tim Blankenship says he has suspended the 6th grade teacher and placed her on administrative leave without pay for three days.
“I expect the highest professional conduct from our employees and will not tolerate unprofessional behavior. Anything less is a violation of public trust,” writes Blankenship in an email, according to the news site.
If that’s the case, Blankenship has his work cut out for him.
Less than two weeks ago, police arrested Kelly Jenkins Robinson and charged her with DUI.Robinson
Officers said her blood alcohol content was 0.299.
The media specialist and technology instructor has since returned to work after also serving a three-day unpaid suspension.
“It was an off duty Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy who actually called it in,” Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden told WBIR at the time.
“He had followed a vehicle that had run several other vehicles off the road or had almost run them off the road.
Blankenship said Robinson must also meet “expected conditions” to continue to work at the school, though there was no elaboration.
At the end of September, the Monroe County Sheriff’s office pulled over first grade teacher Emily Pennington for allegedly going 25 miles over the speed limit in a school zone, as well as a suspicion of DUI.Pennington
“As she exited the vehicle, deputies say they noticed Pennington stick her hands into the front of her pants,” the news station reports.
According to the police, the teacher denied having any drugs in her car or on her person, but then “removed two hypodermic needles from her waist area and placed them on the hood of the cop car” and told police she used them to “ingest Opana pills.”
So far Pennington isn’t as fortunate as her colleagues.
According to Blankenship, she’s on indefinite unpaid leave and hasn’t returned to the classroom.
“Our children are looking up to these people. They’re role models. They’re…to me, they’re held to a higher standard,” parent Billy Griffitts tells ABC 6.
Some parents believe the three-day suspension isn’t enough and sends the wrong message.
“If you think it’s alright to get behind the wheel of a car and drinking, that’s ending the message to the children that’s okay; stealing the same way or under the influence of a doctor prescribed drug. They need to have counseling,” one parent tells the news station.