SRO finds ‘nearly empty’ spirit bottle in nurse’s purse at Kingsport school, police say

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A nurse has been arrested after allegedly being found under the influence at Andrew Johnson Elementary School in Kingsport.

A news release from the Kingsport Police Department (KPD) states the school resource officer (SRO) was alerted by school staff on Friday that a “contracted substitute nurse appeared to be acting lethargic.”

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The nurse was identified by the SRO as Jaclyn Goff, of Abingdon.

The KPD reports the SRO determined Goff was impaired and took her into custody for public intoxication.

According to the KPD, a “nearly empty bottle of Peppermint Schnapps” was found in Goff’s purse, along with an unopened can of hard seltzer and some prescription medication.

Police report that students who had gone to the clinic Friday were evaluated by a Kingsport City Schools nurse and the school district’s nurse supervisor. No injuries to students were reported.

In addition to public intoxication, Goff was also charged with possession of alcoholic beverage on school grounds. She was transported to the Kingsport City Jail and issued a $1,000 bond.

Andrew Johnson Elementary Principal Brett Herron sent a message to families of students at the school stating that the substitute nurse had been contracted by an outside agency. Herron’s message can be read below:

Good afternoon, Johnson Families. This is your principal, Mr. Herron.

As we always want to do, I wanted to keep you informed of a situation that took place at school
today. We learned today that a substitute nurse, who is contracted by an outside agency to
provide nursing subs for KCS, appeared to be in an altered state while at our school. We
immediately contacted our school resource officer, who is a Kingsport Police Officer, who
responded to the situation. Our understanding is that an investigation is ongoing and further
information is forthcoming from the Kingsport Police Department.

In addition to that KPD response, I wanted to let you know that any child that was given
medication today has been assessed by our KCS nurses and their parents have been directly
contacted by the school. Other children that visited the clinic today have also been assessed to
make sure they are all okay.

Again, out of a sense of transparency, I wanted you to hear this information directly from me
today. As always, I appreciate your support of our school and if you ever have any questions,
please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Brett Herron, Principal of Andrew Johnson Elementary

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