Cobb schools employee accused of having alcohol in classroom

A Cobb County School District employee was accused of having alcohol in an elementary school classroom last week, according to an arrest warrant.

Jean Warnken allegedly had a reusable plastic cup with a lid and straw containing an alcoholic beverage in a Davis Elementary classroom with students on the morning of March 3, the warrant stated.

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Warnken was named the school’s employee of the year in 2020. She is no longer employed by the district, a spokeswoman stated.

“Although this person no longer works for the district, Cobb Schools police and local administration are working with a police investigation into a paraprofessional,” she stated. “We expect all employees to support students as professionals and uphold district policy.”

Bond was set at $1,500. Warnken is not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs, or enter any school district property, according to the bond order.