This is the second time in the month that a teacher from Vonroe has been caught for substance abuse. Kelly Jenkins Robinson, who was arrested in Madisonville, has been placed on administrative leave without pay for three days following the incident. The police arrested Robinson last Friday and charged her under DUI Tennessee laws. The police officer said that Robinson’s BAC at the time of arrest was 0.229.
According to Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden, it was an off-duty cop who reported Robinson. He was following a vehicle which was being driven erratically and had run several vehicles off the road or was about to do so when the police officer called it in.
Teacher placed on administrative leave
Robinson is part of the Vonroe Middle School and the school’s website lists her as a media specialist and technology instructor. On Tuesday, the director of Monroe County Schools, Tim Blankenship said that the administration was aware of Miss Robinson’s foray with the law and had placed her on administrative leave without pay as a result of that. He also said that the administration would take strict action to ensure that such an incident was not repeated again. Also, if Miss Robinson is to come back to work she will have to meet “expected conditions” before the school can take her back.
Robinson is the second Vonroe Country teacher to be arrested with a DUI in recent times. In September, the county police had arrested Emily Pennington, 29, who is also a teacher at Vonroe Elementary School for possession of drug paraphernalia. Pennington is still on unpaid leave as director Blankenship has clarified and will continue to remain so until the investigation is over.
Kelly Jenkins Robinson and Emily Pennington are not fit right now to be teachers.
Just a month before, 1st grade teacher arrested for drug abuse
Pennington was arrested when she was caught going over the legal speed limit of 25 miles per hour in a school zone. The charges against her were that of possession of drug related paraphernalia and of a DUI Tennessee violation. The police reports pertaining to Pennington’s arrest clearly states that there was a strong suspicion that she was under the influence of a narcotic when she was asked to pull over.
As she was exiting the vehicle, deputies say they noticed Pennington stick her hands into the front of her pants. She also denied having any drug in the car or on her person, but later she removed two hypodermic needles from her waist band and placed them on top of the car’s hood. She confessed to having used the needles to ingest Opana pills prior to the traffic stop.
Both the cases are currently under investigation and will soon be hard in court. Police officers say that while for some it may come as a shocker to hear of young teachers violating rules, it is something that they are used to seeing very often. Also, there is a general consensus that it is not just alcohol which is the culprit now but driving under the influence of anything which needs to stop.
It is obvious that Pennington needs some help before she is around children anymore.