Local media reported that a teacher in Southern California was detained and put on administrative leave after being accused of instructing while intoxicated.
Last Thursday at around 11:20 a.m., the Robert O. Townsend Junior High School received a call from the Chino Hills Police Department regarding claims of an intoxicated instructor in a classroom with pupils, according to Fox 11. According to reports, faculty members from the school called the police.
Clifford Harper, a STEM instructor, was arrested after police investigated the report and found that he was inebriated. He was arrested and taken to the West Valley Detention Centre where he could be charged with child endangerment and public intoxication.
There have been no new developments in the case, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office informed Fox News Digital on Thursday. About 35 miles east of Los Angeles is where you will find Chino Hills.
According to KTLA, Harper was identified as teaching an introductory STEM course for technology that featured instruction on 3D modelling software.
According to Fox 11, Harper, 49, was a “fun-loving and passionate teacher,” and parents and students were stunned by the arrest.
“It’s really surprising to me because Chino is a really good city and this is an awesome school. But my daughter told me he’s a really good teacher and that he loved his work. And he’s one of the teachers that [doesn’t] just come to school to teach for the money, but because he loved his work,” one mom told the outlet.
One student said she hopes Harper does not get fired for the alleged crime, only reprimanded, “because he was an amazing teacher.”
Following the arrest, the school informed parents via letter that Harper had been placed on administrative leave.
“This is an active law enforcement investigation and personnel matter, and I’m unable to provide any details regarding the matter,” a spokesperson for the school district told Fox News Digital on Thursday. The spokesperson confirmed Harper remains on administrative leave.
The Chino Hills Police Department is asking members of the public who may have information about the case to get in touch with them.