LAND O' LAKES, Fla. - A middle-school teacher accused of coming to class intoxicated and forcing students to dance in an inappropriate manner has been caught on video.
During the incident last week, students used cell phones to take videos and pictures of 42-year-old teacher Kylene Nelson as she began exhibiting the strange behavior during her first-period language arts class at Charles S. Rushe Middle School, where Nelson taught eighth-graders.
A student, who did not want to be identified, said Nelson reeked of alcohol and was making strange faces during her first-period language arts class.
Later, music was turned on and, students say, Nelson began grabbing them and demanding they dance.
"She started saying, 'If you don't dance with me, you guys all fail,'" the student recalled.
At one point, witnesses say Nelson partially exposed her buttocks while dancing with a 13-year-old boy.
"We told her, 'Miss Nelson, please pull up your pants', and she did, but then they fell down again and she held them there," the eighth-grader said, also noting her teacher did not appear to have on underwear.
"She was kinda grinding, like, putting her butt against you," the student said.
Reports show Nelson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 and later ran from the school to a nearby community center where she was found passed out by a pool.
District administrators say Nelson remains on administrative leave pending a decision on her future by the Pasco County School Board.
A recommendation on how to discipline Nelson will be made during an April 21 school board meeting. The decision on whether or not to terminate her employment will ultimately be left up to the school board.
In a separate incident in October 2006, reports indicate Nelson failed to show up for a third-period class at Seven Spring Middle School. A school resource officer found Nelson passed out in her car surrounded by bottles of wine.
She was ordered to change schools and undergo a substance abuse program, but remained employed with the Pasco County school district.
Students say Nelson was a great teacher, but now hope she can get help for her alcohol problem.