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BREAKING NEWS: Two area teachers arrested Sunday

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Brazil Times has learned that both women arrested Sunday evening after an accident in rural Clay County were teachers.

White River Valley School District Superintendent Layton Wall confirmed to The Brazil Times that Melinda Ellis, who began her first year teaching science and mathematics at the corporation this past summer, has been suspended with pay pending disciplinary action by the school board on Jan 23.

Wall declined further comment.

Ellis was arrested with Anita Miller, both from Brazil, by the Clay County Sheriff's Department after failing field sobriety tests and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on the following charges:

With a BAC of 0.12, Ellis, the driver of the vehicle, was preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and possession of paraphernalia.

With a BAC of 0.17, Miller, the passenger and a physical education teacher at North Clay Middle School, was preliminarily charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

Officials at the Clay Community School Corporation confirmed that Miller is also on paid leave at this time while the corporation considers whether to investigate the allegations.

The Brazil Times will update this story as new information becomes available.

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I think with an incident like this they both need to be let go of their teaching duties. I know for one don't want someone like this teaching my kids. Teachers are to be people that your kids can look up to and quite frankly neither one of them fit that description in my book.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 1:31 PM

Thank goodness we don't have to go by beautiful978's book. I am sure she has never made any mistakes as a parent and would be the model teacher. Whatever that is. Teachers are human and do make mistakes. I am not condoning their actions, but I also think people shouldn't be so quick to judge. They have not been found guilty yet.

-- Posted by jesse9014 on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 1:50 PM

You for one don't know who I am but I can tell you that as a parent I don't go out and drink or do drugs. I have worked in various situation with kids and never in a million years did I ever go out and get drunk or high and drive home. I have never been high or drunk. I am a model parent. I don't tell my kids not to do things that I do. I know for a fact that they were under the influence of something and that they are sitting in jail because of it. If they are not guilty of being drunk and driving a car then why did they get arrested? Would you feel differently if they would have gotten in an accident and hurt someone? I also not am exactly sure what I am judging them on. The evidence is plain and in black and white. You have your opinions and I have mine and don't judge me either.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 2:09 PM

I fully agree with beautiful978's comment. I happen to be very close friends with the person that called 911 on these two individuals and from what I have been told from this eye witness these girls have problems. Granted, we all make mistakes, but we also have to accept the consequences of those mistakes. However, I believe these girls made a choice not a simple mistake.

-- Posted by timetomoveon on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 2:11 PM

Teachers do make mistakes and theirs are all over Indiana's news today. I agree that this should not go unpunished. I just think it is all very sad that their decisions yesterday will cost them what they have worked for years to build up. They will have to move to Alaska to escape this. Nobody will want them in classrooms. What a bad choice they have made. I hope others learn from this.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 3:32 PM

These teachers are placed in a position of trust and right or wrong they, just like law enforcement or elected officials, are held to a higher standard than others. Their behavior; possession of marijuana and the vulgar display of public urination are not acceptable. If found guilty they should not be allowed to teach our children.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Jan 14, 2008, at 8:11 PM

Very well said Snow!

-- Posted by timetomoveon on Tue, Jan 15, 2008, at 6:26 AM

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