Hanahan students report teacher was ‘wobbling and slurring words’ in class

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HANAHAN, SC (WCBD) – We have new details about a Lowcountry teacher students reported to be wobbling and slurring words in class.

Parents called Count on 2 investigator Rebecca Collett last month after students came home claiming a teacher was drinking in class.

Parents wanted to know what happened but couldn’t get answers from the Berkeley County School District.

Parents said the popular teacher disappeared from the school with no formal explanation from the school district.

Through a records request News 2 confirmed the Hanahan Middle School art teacher was allowed to resign in lieu of termination after she was found disoriented twice at school.

On November 12th, students described that teacher, Catherine Sullivan, as having red eyes and purple lips. They said she was slurring her words and wobbling.

Students claim she was in a classroom closet drinking something and those student snapped pictures of three wine bottles in the closet. During questioning, the teacher told the school administration the bottles were in her purse from the weekend and said her last drink was early that morning. 

Other staff described her smelling of alcohol.

This wasn’t the first documented incident of Ms. Sullivan being disoriented in school.

Two weeks prior, On October 30, students were locked out of the classroom, and Hanahan Middle School staff found Ms. Sullivan in her closet confused and smelling like grapes.

A family member picked her up that day from the school.

According to Berkeley County School District records, Ms. Sullivan had a great reputation for being a hard worker and passionate teacher. She was previously named as a school Teacher of the Year. 

She resigned citing health and family issues.  ​​​​

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