UPDATED 8/10/17: We have more information on a teacher at Blackman Middle School who was arrested and removed from the campus on Wednesday, the first full day of classes.
School Resource Officer Casey McClure was called to the 6th grade annex just before the 8:00 bell in reference to a possible intoxicated person, according to a deputy report. Deputy McClure wrote in his report that when he made contact with Christopher Gracia, "Immediately I noticed a strong odor of an intoxicant about his person. Mr. Gracia had slurred, incoherent speech and was very unsteady on his feet."
The report went on to state, "Mr. Gracia admitted to drinking 'mixed drinks' until approximately 0300 hours on this date." The 37 year old teacher was then arrested and charged with public intoxication.
Christopher Gracia was a math teacher at Blackman Middle School. Spokesperson for the Schools James Evans stated, "We don't tolerate this type of behavior from our teachers, and he will not be permitted to teach at any other Rutherford County school."
Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Incident 170809-10575