Drunk Maths teacher keeps drinking... in class

How often do you get a Maths teacher who is more interested in alcohol than algebra?

Well, that's what students at an American school faced, when Kathleen Jardine hit the bottle while teaching at Poston Butte High School in Arizona.

The 57-year-old was drunk when she arrived by taxi but continued drinking in the classroom.

She then yelled at her students before one of them alerted school administrators, authorities said on Thursday.

Police said an on-site sheriff's deputy responded to the call. He could tell she was "extremely intoxicated".

A school security officer who went to retrieve her purse found a half bottle of vodka, an empty single-sized bottle of white wine and a half-empty bottle of an orange drink.

Screengrab: Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Pat Ramirez, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said Jardine faces one count of public consumption of alcohol.

The teacher eventually admitted that she had been drinking the night before, that morning and during lunch in her classroom, police said

Jardine had taken a cab to the school because she was afraid she was too drunk to drive.

Her blood-alcohol level was .205 percent when tested, which would be considered "super extreme" if she were to drive, police said.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said this is not the first time Jardine was drunk in the classroom.

She was fired for such behavior while teaching in New Mexico in 2011.

- Reuters