Teacher fired after allegedly drinking in classroom, walking into walls

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TACOMA, Wash. - A kindergarten teacher was fired after she was allegedly caught drinking on the job.

Tacoma Public Schools told KCPQ that Klara Bowman, a kindergarten teacher, had alcohol in her classroom and was seen walking into walls.

"What example is that setting for our children?" Jeni Brown, a parent, said. "The children don't need to be seeing that. They don't need to be around a teacher that is drunk."

Officials say one of Bowman's students went to the office to report that the teacher was acting strange. When administrators investigated, they realized she was drunk.

“It makes me angry and scared,” added Angela Hadway, who says her daughter was in Bowman’s class several years ago. “It makes me scared that my child can leave one day and they won't even notice.”

District officials say Bowman had a prior alcohol offense in 2011 while she was a teacher at another elementary school, and signed a "last chance" agreement after that incident.