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She also denies how she was initially treated when others were able to smell alcohol, which involves being locked doors and teas.


A Florida middle school teacher is fighting to keep her job after being accused of drinking on the job and having inappropriate conversations with students of a “personal nature.”

Erin Cougill allegedly showed up to West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville, Fla., last December drunk and was stumbling down the hallways with dilated pupils and slurring her speech, according to a district investigation report.

But the 47-year-old, who has been on paid leave since the incident, says that her diabetes affected alcohol tests that showed she was over the legal limit of .08.

Cougill admitted that she had only been drinking with friends the night before, but not on day of the alleged incident.

“I had two six ounce glasses of French wine and two shots of scotch,” Cougill told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV, outside her home Friday.



Article Courtesy of WEAR-TV Pensacola, FL

Picture Courtesy of WFTS-TV Tampa Bay, FL and WEAR-TV Pensacola, FL

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