NEW PORT RICHEY — A Mitchell High School teacher and a former secretary were charged on Tuesday with allowing minors to drink alcohol at a prom party on April 27.
According to court documents, Samantha Murchie, 43, who teaches honors biology, and Lynn Ann Worker, 52, hosted a party at Worker's home in New Port Richey where between 30 and 40 underage students were drinking and partying. The charge is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
According to a Pasco Sheriff's Office investigative report, Worker collected keys at the party from students who planned to drink. There were several bottles of liquor and an open keg. One student told the School Resource Officer, who conducted the investigation after a tip, that some people were physically ill at the party, including those who were vomiting.
Another student said beer pong and other drinking games took place on the back porch.
After the Sheriff's Office investigation, the school district placed Murchie on administrative leave.
Elizabeth Kuhn, director of employee relations for the district, said they became aware of Murchie's criminal charge on Monday. The superintendent is reviewing the case, she said, and will make a recommendation soon.