LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A local teacher convicted of a DUI charge after crashing her car on a high school campus is back on the job… And now she’s at the center of a controversy involving another teacher that’s led to two police reports being filed.
This teacher, Sonya Kindall, went from Maumelle High School in the Pulaski County Special School District to Hall High School in Little Rock.
Considering her past, there are questions about why the Little Rock School District (LRSD) hired her.
In April 2015, police say Kindall admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs before showing up to teach at Maumelle High School.
In the school’s parking lot, Kindall crashed into a student’s vehicle, left the scene and headed into a classroom. Police say she was unable to stand on her own and her speech was slurred.
Records show Kindall resigned in lieu of being fired, and then this fall she was hired on at Hall High School.
“This is a school that has been targeted for improvement, and the future of the district rests in part on what happens to this school, so why was a teacher of questionable fitness hired there?” Attorney Amy Lafont said.
Lafont is the lawyer representing Deandre Smith, another teacher at Hall High School. An October argument between Smith and Kindall was caught on school surveillance video, and ends with Kindall falling to the ground.
Kindall accused Smith of battery. Smith accused Kindall of harassment.
“We’re trying to draw attention to the situation, because we feel our client is innocent and he’s being accused by someone who really shouldn’t even be teaching in the district,” Lafont said.
On Kindall’s application to work for the LRSD obtained by Lafont, Kindall admits to a DUI charge but says no evidence was found, and she says blood work from the state crime lab revealed zero percent alcohol.
What Lafont says Kindall doesn’t say is she tested positive for prescription drugs and pleaded no contest to the DUI charge, which was her second in four years.
“I just know that what she’s accusing me of never happened at all.” Deandre Smith said.
Prior to this, Lafont says Smith had a great record, and now he has been recommended for termination, while Kindall continues to be employed by the district.
Kindall did not return phone calls or an e-mail today requesting comment.
In an e-mail, a spokeswoman for LRSD said Kindall “passed the initial screening process and met minimum requirements.” She adds that they “cannot deny employment based solely upon an arrest record and or convictions” and that it is “subject to a case-by-case review.”