Salem teacher keeps job, gets suspension for hosting underage drinking party


by Adam Walser

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 6:43 PM

SALEM, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Southern Indiana teacher arrested for allegedly hosting a party where dozens of teens drank alcohol will get to keep her job.

On the last Saturday night in May, sheriff's deputies say Laura and John Mahuron of Salem hosted a graduation party attended by more than three dozen teenagers.

“There was a lot of people, probably more than half the school,” a teen who didn’t want to be identified said. “Everybody knew about the party. Everybody was going to it.”

It was a virtual who's who of Salem High School.

“Track runners, softball players, basketball players, swimmers, basketball players…everybody was there,” the teen said.

According to deputies, most who were there were drinking. A report says 23 children, a dozen under 18, were drinking alcohol. One boy was taken to the hospital after repeatedly falling down and vomiting.

47-year-old Laura Mahuron and her husband were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

“There's kids everywhere drunk, running away from cops in the woods. Stuff like that,” the teen said.

Laura Mahuron is a longtime teacher at Salem Middle School. According to documents we obtained, her principal recommended the school board fire her, but instead, she was given a one year suspension Monday night.

“I worked with her for years, and we all make mistakes. But I think we should all forget about it,” Salem resident Ann King said. “There's not a one of us can't say we haven’t made a mistake somewhere down the line. “

We tried to talk to Mahuron, but the person who answered the door told us to leave the property.

The school board chairman, the superintendent and Mahuron's attorney didn't call us back.

According to the disciplinary agreement, Mahuron will have to complete a teacher improvement program, drug and alcohol education, and 40 hours of community service in the next year. She and her husband will also have to return to court next month.