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Coweta teacher keeps job after felony charge is downgraded

Charges against a Coweta County school teacher were downgraded from aggravated assault to two misdemeanor charges relating to an alleged poisoning incident in January involving her husband. The Coweta County School System said Willis Road Elementary School teacher Rebecca Allwine will maintain her employment with the school system.

Commenting on the matter, Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Ray Mayer on Thursday said the charges stemmed from an incident in January when Allwine and her husband were drinking and arguing at home. Mayer said at one point Allwine struck her husband and proceeded to leave the home. Prior to her exit Allwine dumped 10 Ambien (a sedative-hypnotic drug) tablets into his drink.

Mayer said that as her husband continued to consume the drink he later noticed a sludge at the bottom of the glass. The man subsequently called poison control and was apparently told that he was, “not in a bad way.”

The matter was investigated and reviewed by the Coweta County Grand Jury. Allwine was charged with aggravated assault with the intent to murder. Mayer said those charges, with the consent of her husband, were later changed to disorderly conduct and family violence, both misdemeanor charges that carry a total of 24 months probation.

Mayer said Allwine’s husband was willing to have the lesser charges filed because the Professional Standards Commission that addresses issues with teachers does not acknowledge first offender issues. Subsequently, Mayer said, Allwine would have presumably lost her job if she had been convicted of felony aggravated assault.

Coweta County School System Public Information Officer Dean Jackson on Thursday said the school system will not comment on personnel matters generally, though he did confirm that Allwine is a teacher at Willis Road Elementary School. 

 Jackson said that when the matter arose last January, Allwine was “forthcoming with her principal and the school system immediately. We were continuously informed of the legal proceedings, and the issue was thoroughly reviewed by the Professional Standards Commission. The charges were resolved this week as misdemeanors.”

Jackson said Allwine has continued teaching throughout and is a good teacher and a good employee.



carbonunit52's picture

[quote]the charges stemmed from an incident in January when Allwine and her husband were drinking and arguing at home.[/quote]

There is no problem that alcohol cannot make worse, chill pills optional.

Ok Parents, would you want YOUR child in her class? Don't think I would.

......opening up subjects for me!

If we are to fire all teachers who get drunk or act sexy at home, then just think of how many parents we are going to have to fire!

The welfare agencies will be grossly overloaded.

Do not students spend much more time with drunken parents, etc., than with those type of teachers?

It may even be unconstitutional to fire them!

I guess parents have more rights than teachers though.

Not just drinking, do you realize what dropping 10 Ambien pills into the Spouse's drink indicates? Do you suggest she didn't know what she was doing? Any idea what ingesting 10 Ambien pills with alcohol will do? If you don't know, call your Pharmacist and ask, you might change your mind.

Oh yes good job, I cant believe some parents arent raising hell about this lush teaching their kids. Way to go professional standard commission, wonder if they are union

had a teacher who was loved by students, parents and other teachers. She was an excellent teacher and always brought out the best in the children she taught. Several years after my children were out of her class I had the opportunity to be around her socially through a neighbor of hers. I was amazed to learn that this wonderful teacher started drinking from the time she came home til she went to bed--her behaviour around the men in the group when she was drinking was embarassing to all, especially the men involved. She would sit on their laps, and try to kiss them and make suggestive remarks, all this while definitely under the influence--then the next morning she would get up, go to school and teach and would once again be this wonderful teacher beloved by all. I must say I never heard of her trying to poison her husband or anyone else.

Everyone always wants to blame the teacher- the teacher is the root of all evil.... apparantly teachers are the only people in America whom the Constitution does not apply to - everyone else in this country is entitled to free speech, free everything - but not the teacher - illegal immigrants have more rights than a teacher. I am sure all of the wonderful parents out there are outraged. Parents don't have to feed their children, clothe them or even take care of them. I am sure all of the parents are outraged - you're worried that your free babysitting service might be in jeopardy.


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