Teacher accused of providing alcohol to kids

January 11, 2008 2:59:53 PM PST
A teacher in Brazoria County is in hot water. Officers says she allegedly threw a party for underage kids. Robin Ann Ater, 54, is accused of serving alcohol at a party for underage kids. Investigators say they learned of what happened after arresting a 16-year old for DUI.

Ater works at Danbury with both middle school and high school students. But she likely won't likely be returning to work until her superiors and law enforcement can figure out what has happened. Ater spent much of last night at the Brazoria County jail charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.

"I mean, we are obviously shocked over the report," said Superintendent Eric Grimmett with Danbury ISD.

Grimmett says to his knowledge, Ater has a clean record with the district. But a DPS trooper pulled over the 16-year-old last night for DUI. The teen said he got beer at the teacher's home. Investigators say they found empty beer cans at Ater's home, as well as two juveniles. One of them was her son.

Ater teaches art and an arrest like this does put her position with the district in jeopardy.

"We'll do our own investigation. Obviously we don't have all of the facts yet. Once we have that, we can make a prudent decision at that point," said Grimmett.

The school campuses were fairly quiet Friday since students have the day off, but teachers are in training. A letter will go home with students to explain the situation on Monday.

"Our goal as always is to protect the students that come to our schools," said Grimmett.

There's no word yet if the other juvenile found at the house was her student. Ater's charge is a misdemeanor and she had to post a $2,000 bond.

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