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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teacher at Snipes Academy of Arts & Design was arrested for DWI and speeding Sunday according to police reports. Records show Wilmington Police arrested Olivia Grace Williams, 30, around 2 a.m. Sunday at 1180 Market Street.

Williams is a dance teacher at Snipes according to her page on the school’s website.

A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman confirmed Williams works for the district, but would not comment beyond that.

Parents we spoke with today at Snipes did not want to go on camera. Some said they were concerned that a teacher was arrested, and they didn’t feel comfortable having someone who’d been arrested teaching their kids. Others said they understand people make mistakes and want to see how the process plays out.

We tried to speak with Williams today, but we were unable to reach her for comment.

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69 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. teacher busted for DWI over weekend"

2015 years 9 months ago

Please do not crucify this young woman. She did a stupid thing, she erred in judgment getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking. She will pay the many court ordered penalties and justice will be served. DWI offenses are treated differently than any other crime. You stand a better chance of getting off of a murder rap after being found with the smoking gun in your hand than you do getting off of a DWI charge.

I do absolutely believe that DWI offenders need to pay consequences hopefully to deter them from becoming repeat offenders. We all know that never happens right? Wrong, some people are going to drink and drive no matter who or how many people could be hurt from their actions. Repeat offenders do not deserve mercy……..but please people, again, let’s not crucify and possibly ruin this young woman’s life. She is a human that made a mistake. This does not belong on the news. Let the courts decide her penalties and levy justice.

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2015 years 9 months ago

If she doesn’t owe her students an explanation and it is none of their business, then I don’t think she owes WWAY and their viewers an explanation either. It is none of ANYONE’s business but hers. She is being discriminated against because she is a teacher, CLEAR and SIMPLE. If I were her, I would sue the pants off of WWAY because if they are going to focus on her DUI alone it looks like she is being targeted. WWAY should be ashamed and I will no longer be watching this news channel because of this callous and downright disgusting display of sensationalising news reports. Shame on you WWAY and and shame on you silly busy bodies.

2015 years 9 months ago

What surprised me the most about this story is where it says she is a dance teacher. Since when can you take dance classes in public school? I never heard of this. There are so many dance studios around town that aren’t all that expensive, why is my tax dollar paying for dance class rather than teaching kids how to read and write?

2015 years 9 months ago

“Any parents on here ever had 3-4 drinks and driven? Perhaps even with your kids in the car? Thought so..”

Are you kidding me!!??? You would have 3 or 4 drinks and then drive with your kids in the car!!??? Wow…explains a lot about you being related to Olivia.

As a parent, I model healthy and integrity based behaviors to my son. Any parent who would even have one drink and then drive with their kids in the car is in my book a poor parent. Do understand why this is dangerous? Where you raised under a rock? Did make it through secondary school? My god, for you to say something like that is just horrible and uneducated.

2015 years 9 months ago

You could really say the same for sports. Why are we paying money for kids to play sports rather than teaching kids?


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