A Kentucky teacher was pulled from the classroom after she allegedly admitted to hosting a New Year’s Eve party where police found intoxicated teens, alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamines.
Jefferson County Public Schools teacher Lindsey Lewis, a 36-year-old mother of two, has taught special education at Louisville’s Phoenix School of Discovery since 2016. On New Year’s Eve, her neighbors called the police shortly before 1 a.m. to complain about teenagers at the party driving in and out of her home, tearing up their lawn. Officers with Mount Washington Police arrived to yelling and loud music coming from the home, which sits several hundred feet from the road, WTHR reports.
When officers approached, they “found marijuana and bottles and cans of alcohol everywhere,” according to the news site.
Police contend several teens admitted to consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana at the party, where 14 of the approximately 40 people who attended were under the age of 18.
“Officers ultimately spoke with Lewis, who said she was the adult in charge of the party. Police say she, ‘knowingly hosted a party in which she knew or assisted’ 14 minors to either be exposed to marijuana or alcohol, or partake of it,” WDRB reports.
Police allege Lewis appeared intoxicated when she was arrested on 14 counts of unlawful transaction with a minor. Officers also arrested 18-year-old Tristan Cornett at Lewis’ home after they found methamphetamines and marijuana in his bag, according to WTHR.
JCPS spokeswoman Renee Murphy said Lewis was reassigned following the arrest and will not return to the classroom when students return from the Christmas break on January 7.
Murphy told WDRB Lewis has not yet reported to school officials to receive her new assignment. She was released from the Bullitt County Detention Center on Tuesday.
“Lewis told me she doesn’t want to talk publicly about this right now,” WAVE reporter Sara Rivest said, “she hopes it will all be straightened out in court.”
Rivest reports the students at the party did not attend the Phoenix School of Discovery, but were friends of Lewis’ daughters who attend schools in Bullitt County.
The teacher’s first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 10.
Folks online were not impressed with Lewis’ lack of judgement.
“These are the kinds of teachers that need to be thrown out of the teaching profession!” Patricia Jones posted to Facebook.
“Teachers nowadays blow my mind,” G.L. Smith added.