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Arrested teacher still on paid administrative leave

The Bluffton Middle School teacher arrested last month after she allegedly came to school intoxicated remains on paid administrative leave while the Beaufort County School District investigates.

Human resources chief Jackie Rosswurm said the district hopes to conclude its investigation in the next few weeks.

The social studies teacher, Maria Urbin, 47, of Hilton Head Island, was arrested Oct. 28 and charged with public disorderly conduct and disturbing schools -- both misdemeanors -- after she came to work intoxicated and refused to leave school grounds, Bluffton police said.

Another teacher at the school said Urbin smelled of alcohol and notified school administrators, who removed Urbin from her classroom. Administrators then offered to give Urbin a ride home and called her husband, but she refused to leave and the situation escalated, police said.

Urbin was hired by the school district in 1989, Rosswurm said. She taught at both Hilton Head Island Middle School and Michael C. Riley Elementary School before moving to Bluffton Middle School when it opened this year.

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