ST. JOHN | A Lake Central High School science teacher came to school Wednesday dressed inappropriately and appeared confused, prompting school officials to call an ambulance and the police.
Lake Central Superintendent Gerald Chabot said school starts at 7:15 a.m., and the incident was reported to the office very early by teachers and students.
Initial reports from students who took cell phone pictures indicated the teacher came to school in a bra, panties and robe. Chabot declined to confirm that, simply saying she was dressed inappropriately.
"We went into the classroom to see what was happening and it was very evident there was some sort of medical condition she was under going," Chabot said. "There were key pieces of clothing missing. She was dressed inappropriately. I can't speculate on what might have been going on. There was a medical, behavioral issue in terms of speech and behavior. It could have been due to a prescription or a number of other things. The hospital is evaluating."
School officials called an ambulance and police. The teacher, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers about 9 a.m. Chabot said the teacher was under observation for most of Wednesday. He said he did not know if she had been released.
St. John Police Chief Fred Frego said police responded to the call at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday at Lake Central in reference to a 10th-grade teacher acting strangely. She was scantily clad and alone in a classroom when police arrived, he said.
Chabot said the woman is a first-year teacher. He said calls were made to her fiance, who came to assist her. Although police would not release her name, Frego said she has a Highland address.
Chabot said school was out for students Thursday and out for teachers today.
He said the school will not take any action at this point against the teacher because the incident is being viewed as a "medical distress situation" unless they learn something different later from the police and medical report.
Police have not arrested or filed charges against the woman, Frego said.