Can a teacher get in trouble if?

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  1. StarsofTommorow

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    Lol!
     
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    SMART!
     
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    Wow. Yeah some places are super conservative and hard on teachers. Sucks. I can't see a teacher getting fired for simply BUYING alcohol. Lol. That would be sad. And illegal maybe?:confused:
     
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    Lol yeah I never brought more than a bottle of whiskey or two 6 packs at the most. A whole cart- someone just might be an alchy. Smh. :lol:
     
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    Or getting ready for an open bar party, like a wedding or an anniversary party or New Year's Eve.

    Maybe it's the area in which I live but alcohol is no big deal here. I don't think twice about buying alcohol, consuming alcohol at a restaurant with dinner or having an after school drink with colleagues at the local pub. I don't like being drunk in public, but SO and I have walked home after a staff Christmas party after having too much to drive. A few years back, a student's parents gave me liquor chocolates as a Christmas gift. As long as it's after school hours, I'm not doing anything illegal and not embarrassing myself, I can't see it being a problem.
     
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    All it takes is one loud mouth parent, one administrator with a weak spine, and being in a right-to-fire state. They might not be officially fired because of it, but it's not hard for an administrator with a vendetta to cook up a bad evaluation.
     
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    Nah. If you're over the age of 21, you can buy alcohol. Simple.

    I went to a bar-hop to benefit breast cancer. A bunch of parents were there. We had a jolly time ;)
     
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    You have to know the area where you teach. Here, it would be absolutely a non-issue. If someone tried to even bring it up as an issue, that person would be dismissed as being completely crazy. I wouldn't have to worry about hiding in the "privacy of my own home" to drink either- being out at bars and such is completely fine around here. Our PTO always provides alcohol for our staff Christmas party. In my hometown, it could honestly be an issue. I grew up in an extremely conservative small town where many people think drinking is immoral, so many parents would have issues with teachers drinking since they are supposed to be "role models." In college, we were advised to even go out to dinner in another county if we wanted to drink with dinner in case we ran into a parent. I remember they also showed us a news story where a teacher was fired for drinking out of a red solo cup in a facebook picture.
     
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    I actually have heard of places where this could be an issue - particularly in private schools. In my district in my liberal state, it's completely a non-issue. My admin offers up free drinks at a local pub on Friday nights of particularly challenging weeks. :)
     
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    If it was an issue in a certain school they should bring it up ahead of time so the employees are aware of it. If the OP never heard anything concerning that then it shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    "It is commonly held that teachers and administrators enjoy a measure of privacy in their personal lives. These rights should be respected to the extent that they do not violate the integrity of the community or render the teacher or administrator ineffective in performing professional duties."

    Essex, Nathan L. (2011-04-28). School Law and the Public Schools: A Practical Guide for Educational Leaders (5th Edition) (Allyn & Bacon Educational Leadership) (Page 216). Pearson HE, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

    (I kept the source information because this book was TOTALLY worth keeping after the class ended).
     
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    It wouldn't be an issue here. I have seen parents out in restaurants when I've drinks in front of me. Heck, once I saw my principal out and we saluted each other from across the restaurant.
     
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    Why would you get into trouble? You didn't break any laws. It's like if they saw you coming out of the sex shop or the strip club. None of their business & not breaking any laws.
     
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    Our PTA is hosting a wine and beer tasting this weekend, so...no. :lol:
     
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    We were just discussing this today. I have bought alcohol at the grocery store to drink at my house. There are several teachers that won't even buy it for fear of a parent or child seeing it. I don't see anything wrong considering I'm an adult and not hurting anyone by siting in my yard, throwing back a few after a hard week.
     
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    As weird as it is, this could be an issue, but it all depends on your community.

    I teach in a conservative southern town, but my entire department goes straight from school to happy hour on Friday afternoon. Parents are there all the time. No issue.

    Next county over, I've had some teachers get unofficially "talked to" by admins because they were drinking in a restaurant. :dizzy:
     
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    Exactly. If I saw a parent at the liquor store, my repsone would be: "I see we have the same way of dealing with your child."
     
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    If people are going to go bat crazy over teachers drinking alcohol they need to inform new people when they are hired either official or just by word of mouth. If your district had some of those complaining people I think someone would have mentioned it to you as an FYI.
     
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    Yeah, and one parent even gave me a bottle of wine for Christmas. Actually, she gave it to about 10 people in the school. I thanked her and rushed it straight to my car for safe keeping :lol:
     
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    Well, I'd have a talk with the waitress and have them put my drink in a "non" cocktail glass so no busy bodies would know!!
     

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