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Wewa High School Teacher Charged with Providing Alcohol to Minors

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A teacher at Wewahitchka High School has been charged with providing alcohol to two minors.

According to the Gulf County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Denise Ethridge bought alcohol on two different occasions on November 3rd and provided the beverages to minors.

According to the arrest affidavit, deputies say that Ethridge purchased two six packs of Smirnoff Ice from the Express Lane in Wewahitchka, while accompanied by a juvenile, who was then seen drinking the alcoholic beverages in Ethridge's car.

The affidavit says that Ethridge went back into the store, purchased a 12-pack of Bud Light beer and then exited the store, handing a beer to another juvenile.

Ethridge was arrested and booked into the Gulf County Jail on Wednesday. The investigation is continuing and more charges are probable, according to the Gulf County Sheriff's Office



According to Superintendent Jim Norton of Gulf County Schools, Ethridge has been placed on a temporary duty assignment. The Gulf County School District has not taken any formal action yet.

"The District will always follow its policies and procedures," says Norton. "No steps are taken without a gathering of the facts in fairness to all parties and all employees."

Norton says the School Board will most likely discuss the issue at next Tuesday's board meeting.