SALEM, Ill. (KSDK) - An Illinois kindergarten teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave less than a week after being accused of letting minors drink alcohol in her home.
Last week, the Marion County State's Attorney Office charged 39-year-old Wendy Bunnell, a teacher in the Salem Elementary School District.
Prosecutors allege Wendy Bunnell allowed friends of her high school freshman son to consume alcohol at her Salem home on March 2, in violation of Illinois Liquor Control Act. The students in question were all local high school students and do not attend the school where Bunnell teaches.
A detective discovered the allegations through social media, according to prosecutors. A concerned citizen contacted a local detective and reported what she had read on Twitter. Rumors about the alleged underage drinking had been the talk of the town for days leading up to the charges.
Wendy Bunnell is due in court on April 4. If convicted, she could face fines of at least $500 on each count.