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Myrtle Beach teacher arrested at school for intoxication, drugs

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Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson walks though the legal process from the time someone is arrested until the time they are sentenced.
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Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson walks though the legal process from the time someone is arrested until the time they are sentenced.

A Myrtle Beach Middle School teacher was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

Horry County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier confirmed Stacy Hetzel, 43, was arrested at the school. Police records show she was arrested around 10 a.m. Hetzel is a reading intervention teacher.

According to her arrest warrant, when police arrested Hetzel they found two Clonazepam pills. She admitted she no longer had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug, authorities said.

The district has placed Hetzel on paid administrative leave, according to Bourcier.

Hetzel has been employed with Horry County Schools since 2008.

She appeared in a Myrtle Beach bond court Wednesday afternoon and spoke softly to answer the judge’s questions.

A friend spoke during the hearing and noted Hetzel has a substance-abuse problem. Hetzel was released on a $1,153 personal recognizance bond.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.

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