A Seattle high school choir teacher has been fired for drinking on a field trip to New Orleans.
KOMO-TV reported that Carol Burton, a 14-year veteran of the Seattle School District, was fired for violating rules against drinking in front of students during a March trip to learn about jazz in the Crescent City.
“I had 2½ alcoholic beverages on this trip and they are, without a doubt, the most expensive drinks I’ve ever had in my life. They are costing my entire career,” Burton told KOMO.
Perhaps more seriously, Burton also allowed boys and girls to visit each other in their hotel rooms during the trip. One student then allegedly touched two female classmates in their hotel room.
Garfield High School parents had rallied around Burton before her firing, radio station KPLU reported, arguing that she was being scapegoated. The district had allegedly failed to warn the school and Burton that the student involved in the touching had previously been expelled from a private school for similar misconduct.