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Largo High teacher could be fired for allegedly partying with students

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February

A teacher at Largo High could lose her job after she allegedly drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with students from the school.

Joelle Bishop, 26, has been accused of going to a party on Jan. 3 with three students, a boy and two girls. She allowed the boy to drive her car, picking up the two girls on the way, according to the complaint against her. Witnesses said they spotted Bishop drinking that night and that she offered alcohol to the two girls. Both girls told investigators that they drank with her, according to the complaint.

Bishop also has been accused of smoking pot in her car with the three students.

Superintendent Mike Grego recommended that the School Board fire Bishop. She denied the allegations and asked for an administrative hearing, so the board will vote Tuesday on whether to suspend her without pay pending the outcome.

Bishop is a special education teacher. She was hired in May 2011 and earns $37,095 a year. Her most recent performance evaluation isn’t available to the public.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:45pm]

    

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