A North Carolina elementary school principal is facing a slew of criminal charges after she was allegedly busted driving a golf cart while intoxicated, with two kids on board.
Pinehurst Police arrested McDeeds Creek Elementary School Principal Molly Warner Capps at 9 p.m. on April 28 near Azalea Road, about a mile from her home, after she was “ejected” from a golf cart she was operating with her two kids riding along, WTVD reports.
Yet despite the arrest, Moore County Schools opted to keep her on the payroll for another year.
“In response to a request for comment, Moore County Schools confirmed that Capps is currently on leave. This week the school board extended her contract by a year to June 30, 2021,” The Southern Pines Pilot reports.
“Capps has worked for Moore County Schools since 2012 and previously taught in Cumberland County. Before she was appointed to lead McDeeds Creek, she was principal at Aberdeen Primary School for five years.”
The 36-year-old was ultimately charged with driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor child abuse, reckless driving, and failure to secure a passenger under the age of 16, according to the news site.
Capps was in her first year at McDeeds, a new 117,000 square foot building opened last August.
Capps isn’t the first North Carolina elementary school principal to keep her job in spite of alcohol-related criminal charges.
Hickory Public Schools announced last week that Hickory High School Principal Rebecca Tuttle will resume her role in July despite an arrest for a DWI in January, WSOC reports.
Police allege Tuttle’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she ran into a parked minivan, then backed up into a pedestrian. Tuttle then ran off the road and backed down a hill to crash into a building.
“We are all angry and shocked, truly very surprised that we would even have to say, ‘This is crazy,’ but it feels crazy,” parent Carmen Eckard said.
Eckard sent a petition calling for Tuttle’s termination to the state’s Board of Education, to no avail.
“To be a principal out at night that late drinking and driving that’s just sad. It’s sad for the community,” said local Anita Sherrill, who woke to the crash outside her home and watched as police administered a field sobriety test. “It’s sad for parents who are trying to teach their children the right way and it’s really really sad for the school system.”
“When you’re a school official you have to set a good example for the children because they do what they see,” mother Jessica Page said.
Several others told WSOC they believe the principal deserved a second chance.
“It teaches us forgiveness,” parent Patrice Sawyer said. “It teaches all of us forgiveness. I wouldn’t hold it against her, and I wouldn’t say strip her or her job.”