KFHS teacher arrested

Published 11:02 pm Monday, April 25, 2011

A King’s Fork High School teacher was arrested during spring break on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time.


Robert Lamar Rogers, 42, of the 3700 block of Surry Road, was arrested Thursday at 1:30 a.m. near his home, a Virginia Beach Police spokesman said Monday. He is being held without bond in the Virginia Beach jail.

Rogers teaches government and sociology at King’s Fork High School, according to the school website.

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According to an online court system, Rogers was found guilty in January 2009 of his second offense of driving under the influence, which occurred on Oct. 23, 2008. The $1,000 fine has gone unpaid.

In addition, according to the court system, Rogers was ordered as a result of that conviction to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle until January 2012 and to undergo alcohol education and treatment through the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.

“Personnel matters such as this cannot be discussed with the media,” said Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw. “The school division works diligently to employ the best employees.”

Potential school employees in Suffolk undergo a criminal background check, Bradshaw said. Only a handful of offenses automatically preclude a person from employment with Suffolk Public Schools. Driving under the influence is not among them.

“It is the policy of the School Board not to employ or to continue the employment of classified, professional or administrative personnel who may be deemed unsuited for service by reason of criminal conviction,” says the school district’s personnel policy.

Another section of the code says that only bus drivers are prohibited from “exhibiting behavior and/or appearance characteristic of alcohol misuse.”

Any employee who reports for duty while under the influence is immediately suspended, but the policy does not appear to address those who indulge while off school grounds and off duty.