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Police: Man From Norwalk Found With Alcohol While Substitute Teaching

Kelly Bolling of Norwalk was arrested while substitute teaching in Wallingford, police said.
Kelly Bolling of Norwalk was arrested while substitute teaching in Wallingford, police said. Photo Credit: Wallingford Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. — A man from Norwalk who was working as a substitute teacher in Wallingford was arrested after he refused to leave the school grounds and was found with bottles of alcohol, according to Wallingford police.

At 3:55 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, officers were dispatched to Pond Hill Elementary School at 299 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, for a disturbance, police said.

School officials told officers that a substitute teacher, identified as Kelly Bolling, 24, of 7 Cedar Crest Place, Norwalk, was refusing to leave the school, police said. 

A school administrator said that Bolling had been told by administrators at a different Wallingford elementary school the previous day that he would not be allowed back to that school, due to reports that he was watching movies with ear buds in both ears during class, police said.

The principal of Pond Hill Elementary School said she checked on Bolling on Thursday and saw him texting on his phone instead of engaging students, police said. 

At the end of the day, she called Bolling for a talk and noticed that he was mumbling and slurring his words, police said. 

At that time, Bolling was told that he wouldn’t be working for the Wallingford Public Schools again and was asked to leave, police said. 

Bolling then refused to leave the school grounds, police said.

Officers approached Bolling, who was in the vestibule, and noticed that he was agitated, his eyes were bloodshot and he was swaying back and forth, police said. 

Bolling, who was holding a blue backpack, refused to drop it and did not remove his hand from his pocket when asked, police said. 

He then lifted the backpack over his head as if to throw it at the school administrator and an officer, police said. 

As officers grabbed Bolling’s arms, he became tense and did not follow the officers' commands, police said. 

He continued to resist arrest but was subdued, police said. 

A search of his backpack turned up two Captain Morgan (100 proof) nips, one with a slight amount of alcohol remaining, police said.

Bolling was charged with criminal trespass, second-degree breach of peace, interfering/resisting arrest, and second-degree threatening. 

He was released on $1,500 bond and issued a court date of Oct. 12 in Meriden Superior Court.

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