Teacher Who Showed Up Drunk At Prom Resigns

Milford, Iowa — During a special meeting of the Okoboji Community Schools Board of Education Tuesday noon, Okoboji High School business teacher and Cross Country Coach Royce Van Roekel, of Milford, resigned his teaching and coaching positions.

Royce Van Roekel
Royce Van Roekel

This past Saturday, Van Roekel was arrested at the Okoboji High School Prom, after a complaint of an intoxicated person from Boji Bay Fun House and Event Center, the site of the prom.  Milford Police reportedly responded and contacted Van Roekel, who reportedly failed a field sobriety test, then placed him under arrest on a charge of Public Intoxication.  Authorities say that a breathalyzer test found Van Roekel’s blood alcohol content to be more than twice the legal limit.Online court records indicate Van Roekel plead guilty to the Public Intoxication charge on Monday (May 2nd).

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Okoboji School Board accepted Van Roekel’s resignation, effective June 1st, and placed him on suspension for the remainder of the current school year.  The Board’s motion also states that Van Roekel will be responsible for paying the costs of hiring a substitute teacher for the remainder of the current school year.

KUOO Radio contributed to this report