Elem. Teacher Accused Of Holding Underage Booze Parties

POSTED: 6:09 PM Jul 11 2012   UPDATED: 6:47 PM Jul 11 2012
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An Onslow County school teacher is accused of giving alcohol to high school students on three separate occasions.

A North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agent served 52-year-old Diane Mennig with three warrants Tuesday at the Onslow County Jail.

Mennig is a fourth grade teacher at Morton Elementary School in Jacksonville. She's taught there for the past seven years.

She is charged with providing alcohol to 15 to 18 year-olds at her home on Running Road in Jacksonville.

The warrants are dated for incidents occurring on Nov. 18-19, 2011; Dec. 16-17, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012.

The underage drinking at Mennig's home included about eleven high school students.

"We take the providing of alcoholic beverages to underage person very seriously, especially by those entrusted with the care and education of children," Bill Berryhill, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agent,  said.

According to her biography on Morton Elementary's web site, Mennig has a 25-year-long teaching career.

It's unclear if the school district will take any action against Mennig. Dr. Barry Collins, Onslow County Superintendent, said the district will review the charges before making any decisions.

Mennig is due in court on August 28th.

A family member who was at the home in Jacksonville told News Channel 12 the family has no comment on the charges.