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Largo High teacher suspended for partying with students

LARGO — A teacher at Largo High was suspended without pay Tuesday after she allegedly drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with students from the school.

Joelle Bishop, 26, was accused of going to a party on Jan. 3 with three students, a boy and two girls. She drank and smoked pot with the students, and allowed the boy to drive her car, according to the complaint against her. Both girls said they accepted alcohol from Bishop. Witnesses said they saw Bishop drinking.

Bishop has denied the allegations.

The school board voted unanimously to suspend her, effective Wednesday. Superintendent Mike Grego had recommended that Bishop be fired, but amended his recommendation after she appealed to the state. An administrative law judge will hear her case and then provide a recommendation to the school board.

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