Knox Schools nurse charged after intoxicated juveniles were found her home
A Knox County Schools nurse is on administrative leave with pay after being charged with three counts of contributing to the dependency and neglect of a minor.
Intoxicated juveniles were found partying over the weekend in Rhonda E. McGill’s South Knoxville home, including a 16-year-old girl who had to be taken to the hospital, records state.
The girl was transported early Sunday to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital after she was found passed out at the home on Martin Mill Pike, according to records. Testing showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.238 percent, according to records.
McGill, 54,was placed on paid leave after the charges, according to schools spokeswoman Amanda Johnson.
McGill has been licensed as a registered nurse in Tennessee since 1992, state records show.
According to records, the young intoxicated woman found at McGill’s house told police that McGill had been “partying” with juveniles there late Saturday before going to bed.
Officers were dispatched to the house about 12:10 a.m. Sunday on a welfare check, according to records. On arrival they spoke with McGill’s daughter, who appeared unsteady on her feet.
They could see “several bottles of beer/liquor” in plain view as well as a glass pipe used for smoking marijuana. They could also smell marijuana in the house.
Several juveniles were running in the house, and one female reported that the 16-year-old appeared to be barely breathing in a bathroom bathtub.
Police spoke with McGill, coming out of a back bedroom. McGill said she’d just woken up.
She told officers that before going to bed she’d seen a few people drinking alcohol, including the 16-year-old.
She also said that a couple males had brought the alcohol. Hydrocodone found in the house had come from a vehicle, she told officers, according to records.
Police found a male hiding outside the house. He smelled of alcohol and marijuana.
The male said he’d smoked “a lot” of marijuana, and he was taken into custody, according to records.