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Police: No charges for teacher accused of being drunk on field trip

Police talk to other teachers on field trip

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Janesville police said the teacher accused of being under the influence of alcohol while chaperoning an elementary school field trip will not face criminal charges.

Maria Caya, a fourth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School, was drunk while supervising students on a field trip last week, according to a report from the Janesville Police Department.

The report states that Caya, 50, was taken to Mercy Hospital by her husband after vomiting and passing out on a field trip to a bowling alley.

Police said they talked to all of the teachers also on the field trip and found that there's nothing to indicate the students on the field trip to a bowling alley were neglected.

Police also spoke to a bowling alley employee who indicated that the students were under control during the visit.

The police report stated Caya had a blood alcohol level of 0.27 percent at noon the day of the trip.

According to Chris Jones, the owner of Rivers Edge Bowl in Janesville where the incident occurred, the bowling alley does not serve alcohol during school functions to people participating in the function or customers not associated with the school.

Police said Caya admitted to hospital staff she was drinking at 6 a.m. before supervising on the field trip.

"There's nothing to indicate that she caused any type of disturbance or anything like that that would raise it to disorderly conduct or anything like that," Chief Deputy John Olsen said in a press conference Monday.

In the report, school district officials stated Caya was one of eight district employees on the field trip, along with several parents.

Dr. Karen Schulte, the superintendent for the Janesville School District, said the human resources department will look into the incident and prior offenses to determine if Caya should be disciplined.

"We have not started our investigation," Schulte said. "The police investigation would be first. Once they are completed, then HR would start its investigation."
Schulte said violating the drug and alcohol policies can result in a wide range of disciplinary measures.

"It could be anything, such as suspension all of the way through termination," Schulte said.

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