A staff member at Shelton Elementary School in Dallas, Georgia, reported that 39-year-old Melanie Bullard smelled like she’d been drinking and school officials began an investigation around noon, Paulding County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said.
Bullard is a kindergarten teacher, according to the school’s website.
Bullard tested positive for alcohol and the school resource officer looked in her purse for a container and found a loaded gun, Henson said.
The purse was on the floor under a desk in her classroom, Henson said.
Bullard was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and possession of a weapon on school property.