WINCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) — A photograph of a Tennessee teacher with her head down on her desk and her eyes closed for a reported 30 minutes has become a subject of discussion in the school and with a parent.
Caleb McGuire, a senior at Franklin County High School, said he was in school detention when he took the picture Monday.
McGuire said the picture shows the teacher allegedly asleep at her desk.
A local television station, News 2, called the school and asked to talk to the teacher. Office staff said she was currently teaching a class, but they would pass on the message that we wanted her comment on the picture.
The teacher later sent the following statement to News 2:
This entire situation has been blown way out of proportion. I was very sick for this day. I tried to struggle through the the day as best I could, because that is my nature. While supervising In School Detention I became disoriented and sickly toward the very end of the day trying to struggle through without leaving early. But I became so ill I fell asleep. As soon as the teachers aide came back to detention to supervise the students I left the school. I immediately went to my doctor to see what was wrong with me and he determined that I have a severe ear infection and sinus congestion.”
McGuire said she was asleep for 30 minutes.
Emily Hodges, also a senior at the school, said she wasn’t in the class but is friends with McGuire and others who were. She said the alleged incident is a hot topic in the school.
“How she shouldn’t have fallen asleep because there is no telling what those kids could have done. She was snoring,” she said.
News 2 asked the school board for some answers.
“It is a personnel issue so there is no comment for me to make. Nothing I can share. It is confidential,” Superintendent Amie Lonas said.
Hodges’ mother Tammy told News 2 by phone that the photo troubles her.
“Sort of makes me worry for the kids’ safety. If there was a fight or something bad went on, what could she do? She is asleep,” she said.