20 May 2024

Shock rippled through Chino Hills as a junior high school teacher, Clifford Harper, 49, was arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated while teaching. The incident unfolded at Robert O. Townsend Junior High School during class hours, prompting swift police intervention.

Chino Hills Police responded to a call reporting a teacher’s alarming behavior in the classroom. Upon arrival, officers swiftly determined Harper’s intoxication and took him into custody. Harper, recognized for his enthusiasm in teaching technology, now faces charges of child endangerment and public intoxication. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

Students and parents are grappling with mixed emotions. Some students praised Harper as an “amazing” teacher, complicating the situation. The incident raises questions about educators’ personal conduct and their professional aptitude.

The Chino Valley Unified School District promptly placed Harper on administrative leave while investigations unfold, emphasizing student safety and transparency.

This incident highlights the need for holistic support and awareness around substance abuse within the educational system. The community is left contemplating its implications on both individual educators and the wider educational environment.

Anyone with information should contact the Chino Hills Police Department at 909-364-2000. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at wetip.com.