Union County parent weighs in after daughter's teacher is fired

Union County parent weighs in after daughter's teacher is fired

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Tina Wilder (Source: Union County) Tina Wilder (Source: Union County)
"Our kids are our future and we need responsible people teaching them. If you're out doing something as far as what she was charged with then that's definitely not a position you need to be in as far as being a school teacher," said parent Glenn Asher. "Our kids are our future and we need responsible people teaching them. If you're out doing something as far as what she was charged with then that's definitely not a position you need to be in as far as being a school teacher," said parent Glenn Asher.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

SHARPS CHAPEL (WATE) - A parent is weighing in after his daughter's teacher is fired.

Tina Wilder, 53, was fired at Thursday night's Union County School Board meeting. She was arrested in May after deputies responded to complaints of an underage drinking party on Wilder's property after the prom in Middlesboro, Ky.

According to court records, the incident happened on May 12, 2012. She was charged with allowing underage adults to consume alcohol on her property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Glenn Asher says his daughter goes to Maynardville Elementary School. He says this school year Wilder was his daughter's math teacher.

"Just kind of rough on her homework a little bit, but other than that nothing good or bad," said Asher.

Asher knew Wilder was fired Thursday night for allowing underage drinking on her property.

"If she was found guilty then that was the best decision to let her go. She's a teacher," said Asher.

According to court records, Wilder pleaded guilty to allowing underage adults to consume alcohol on her property.

The judgment was deferred, meaning if she does 100 hours of community service and doesn't violate probation for a year, the incident could be taken off her record.

According to court documents, the arrest stemmed from a complaint of an underage drinking party at her lake house in Sharps Chapel. When the deputy arrived, he reports he saw what appeared to be several teenagers outside in front of the home with alcoholic beverages.

Records show Wilder said she owned the residence and that the investigation determined she allowed underage drinking. These are actions Asher disagrees with.

"Our kids are our future and we need responsible people teaching them. If you're out doing something as far as what she was charged with then that's definitely not a position you need to be in as far as being a school teacher," said Asher.

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