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Virginia Teacher Accused of Possessing, Drinking Alcohol at Elementary School

After a Virginia elementary school teacher was taken to a hospital for a medical emergency, she is accused of possessing and drinking alcohol on school property.

Staff at Newton-Lee Elementary School in Ashburn called 911 May 24 for a medical emergency, and 41-year-old Teresa Folsom was taken to a hospital.

Deputies later found alcohol inside her classroom.

Folsom turned herself in to police Friday. She was charged with drinking/possessing alcohol on public school grounds

“It’s a surprise, especially around here,” said Jared Aguilera, who used to attend the school and whose brother currently attends the school. “Ashburn’s a safe community. Everyone comes here, gets a good education. Probably one of the best counties in the nation, so it’s a surprise to hear it.”

In December, another Loudoun County teacher was accused of being drunk at school. Claire M. Bucher of Sterling Elementary School was charged with being drunk in public and drinking/possessing an alcoholic beverage in a public school or on public school grounds during school hours.

A few months before, deputies arrested a Sterling Middle School teacher for allegedly driving drunk to school.

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The school system placed Folsom on leave.

News4 attempted to contact her but she has not called back.

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