Kindergarten teacher accused of drinking beer in classroom

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Jennifer L. Rich (Ankeny Police Department)

Jennifer L. Rich (Ankeny Police Department)

DES MOINES, Iowa (PIX11) — A kindergarten teacher in Iowa was arrested after a parent reportedly caught her with a beer can during a Valentine’s Day party at school.

Jennifer L. Rich, 40, of West Des Moines, has been charged with public intoxication and child endangerment, according to the Ankeny Police Department.

Police responded to her East Elementary School classroom Friday where she tested positive on a preliminary breath test device. The results were not revealed. Officers also observed Rich had bloodshot, watery eyes.

The Des Moines Register reported that officers then found several empty and full beer cans inside Rich’s bag.

Rich, who has been with the district since 2001,  was placed on leave immediately. She then reportedly handed in her resignation Monday.

Rich’s neighbors said they were surprised to hear that she had been arrested.

They described Rich as “a sensitive and beautiful woman with a very big heart” and a good mother to her children.