Manassas VA March 9 2017 A Parkside Middle School health and physical education teacher was arrested at the Manassas school last week for allegedly being intoxicated in public and possessing a schedule two drug, according to police and the school system.
On the morning of March 2, the Prince William County Police Department was notified by school staff that there was a teacher who looked intoxicated, said Public Information Officer Nathan Probus.
A School Resource Officer responded to the call and determined that the teacher, Joseph Ocie Burgess, 45, of Woodbridge, was intoxicated, Probus said.
Burgess was arrested and charged with public intoxication and possession of a schedule II narcotic.
The teacher has worked at Prince William County Public School since August 2008, according to Philip Kavits, the school system’s director of communications.
Burgess is currently on administrative leave, Kavits said.
The teacher was released on a personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in Prince William General District Court on May 9.
The following automated message was sent to the school community by Parkside principal, Mary Jane Boynton:
This is Parkside Middle School Principal Mary Jane Boynton
I am calling to alert you that police escorted one of our staff members from the school this morning, after Parkside staff reported the individual appeared to be impaired. The staff member was removed before having any contact with students, and will be put on administrative leave.
Confidentiality rules prevent me from sharing other specifics. But I can say that the individual’s condition suggested possible behavior that has no place in our schools. Please know, and reassure your students, that we take such matters very seriously. Prince William County Schools will review the situation, and any related charges, and will take fair and appropriate action in response to the findings.
Rest assured that our efforts will focus on maintaining safety and educational integrity of Parkside Middle School.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Prince William Times