• James Thorpe

Kindergarten teacher found drinking and carrying a loaded firearm on the job

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DALLAS, Ga. -- Melanie Bullard, 39, was arrested and charged on March 30 for reckless conduct and possession of a weapon on school property after a fellow staffer at Shelton Elementary school reported her to the local police.

The staffer, who has not been named, reported that Bullard had smelled like she had been drinking, which prompted school officials to launch an investigation. The school contacted a local school resource officer who had the Kindergarten teacher take a portable alcohol test, which she failed. It was at this time that Bullard was tested again to confirm the results of the first test. The second test confirmed that Bullard was indeed under the influence while teaching at the elementary school. While the results of the second test were being confirmed, staffers began to search her classroom and nearby facilities for open containers of alcohol.

During the search, staffers found Bullard’s purse, which was placed on the floor under her desk, and discovered a loaded pistol, according to the Paulding County Sheriff’s office. Bullard was then booked on reckless conduct and possession of a weapon on school property and is currently being held without bond in the Paulding County Detention Center. There were thankfully no children harmed during the ordeal.

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