Updated: Novi Elementary Principal Arrested, Suspected of Being Intoxicated on School Grounds

Deerfield Principal Kim Warren has been put on paid administrative leave.

Deerfield Elementary School Principal Kim Warren was arrested by Novi police Monday afternoon under suspicion of being intoxicated on school grounds, according to a press release from the Novi Community School District.

The press release states that the police found Warren in her car on school property and took her into custody at 2:10 p.m. As of Monday evening, Warren was released pending review by the the Novi city prosecutor, the release said.

Novi Superintendent Dr. Steve Matthews said Warren was at school that morning and then went out to lunch. Police arrested her when she returned.

"There was no indication that morning that there was any problem or concern," Matthews said.

He said at no time did Warren enter the building or come in contact with the children or staff at Deerfield while intoxicated.

“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances and out of character for Ms. Warren," Matthews said. “Up until this event Ms. Warren has served the Deerfield Community and our district well.”

Pending resolution of her employment status, Warren has been placed on paid administrative leave. Lisa Fenchel, longtime principal at Novi Meadows, will serve as interim principal at the school, effective immediately.

Matthews said he met with Warren on Tuesday morning and evening to discuss the incident. 

He said Warren offered some context for the incident, including some "difficult times," but told him there is no justifying her behavior.

Matthews also said he tried to express support for her situation.

"I wanted to help her recognize that she needed help," he said.

Warren has been principal of Deerfield since the 2011-12 school year. Previously, she spent seven years as an elementary principal in South Lyon, five years as an elementary principal in Livonia and two years as an elementary principal in Wayne-Westland.

Deerfield will have counselors and social workers available to assist students and staff who have become aware of the situation.

Matthews said some parents have called to asked questions or express concerns, but that the school remains focused on the students and their safety.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOLKS. Fire her NOW and if the law allows, prosecute her criminally. Thank you
How do you spell "tolerance" anyway... Just sayin'
Spartan25 April 10, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Dr. Mathews said it best, “This is an unfortunate set of circumstances and out of character for Ms. Warren, Up until this event Ms. Warren has served the Deerfield Community and our district well.” I agree that it is completely out of character for Ms. Warren. There have been many positive testimonials by the parents of her students and her years of service speak for themselves. While I don't excuse her poor choice, I don't think this lapse in judgement should constitute ending her career.
Anonymous April 10, 2013 at 02:18 PM
This does not need to end here career - it just needs to end her career in Novi and in having any responsibility for the safety and development of children.
What... and have the students witness that a serious alcohol infraction by an adult will yield A GUARANTEED SECOND CHANCE?? In the year 2013 - that's a recipe for a community wide disaster. In case you good people have not noticed - none of our youth can think past 5 minutes into the future. And don't kid yourselves. Even if you have a "good kid", in the year 2013, your "good kid" simply has not yet gotten caught while doing something seriously stupid. Thank you for your time.
Greg Burks April 10, 2013 at 05:57 PM
What a shame, if she had been a sports figure, TV or movie celebrity, UAW member or a politician she'd of gotten suspended, go to rehab and given at least a half of dozen chances before losing her job.
Anon April 11, 2013 at 01:48 AM
If a kid comes to school with a knife taped to a brownie pan - do they get a second chance?
gjp3753 April 11, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I know Kim Warren personally. She has had so much positive influence on so many and done wonderful things for so many. This is very unfortunate and out of character for Ms. Warren. I will stand by her and know she will correct what happened and come back stronger than ever. I believe in her 100%.
NoviResident April 11, 2013 at 02:19 AM
This is not the first time she has been intoxicated on school property or functions. It has been the talk of the neighborhood for some time now. I hope she gets the help and support she needs.
The_Principal April 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Lighten Up, Francis. You don't have anything more than the over-hyped dribble that the media places out here for ratings points. Let's get all the facts before we light the bonfire and burn her at the stake.
David Strange April 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Perhaps her decision was not the best one, but I challenge each and every one of you who point your judgemental finger with anger and distain, to look in the mirror.  In her nearly 20 years as a leader and mentor to our children, she has made ONE mistake.  We don't know the circumstances surrounding the event, but we are all quick to draw our own conclusions and based on those conclusions pass judgement.  I am sure many of you who stand on your self proclaimed mountain of integrity and shout with resonance how strongly devoted you are to the virtue of honestly living one's ideals, have made your own fair share of mistakes. Perhaps some more graver then that which we disparage her with. It is you that I throw down the proverbial gauntlet and challenge to look at your own life. Come down off your soapbox and step outside of yourself and look inward to the person that you really are.  Are you really all that virtuous, or does the mirror show a truer reflection of who you are.  Can you seriously look back at all the decisions that you have made for your family, for your children and with pride on your face and conviction in your heart say that every decision was the right won.  Perhaps even the most sanctimonious of us all are those who are the biggest hypocrites.  
David Strange April 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Jesus said, "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."  Funny how so many us, on any given Sunday, listen to how we are supposed to open up our hearts and minds and make allowances for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Perhaps you even lift up your arms to cast a bigger net for his word.  But then Monday thru Saturday you pull back your net and turn your back on righteousness. So, I say this to you… Before we take up wicker and burn her at the stake or cast her out with the Sodomites, we should take pause and reflect on our own discretions. For she, is only human and flawed like the rest of us.  She was chosen because she was the best qualified for what she does and she does it with zeal and vigor.  To remove her from her position would be a dramatic step backwards for the school system and our children. The children love her.  The parents love her.  Let us all do the right thing and move forward. We are all behind you Kim and you have our unwavering support.
Oh please. How many more centuries must we endure this religious dogma NONSENSE?? Look folks. WAKE UP. It's the year 2013 and parents no longer have the influence over our children that parents had 1-2 generations ago. PARENTS TODAY CANNOT WIN THIS WAR. Parents can only do their best but IN THE END - in the year 2013, parents must rely on nothing more than BLIND DUMB LUCK to hope our children eventually enjoy happy and productive lives. Anyone who thinks that the quality of today's offspring depends upon how the child was raised by the parents are deluding themselves. Anyone who thinks they can influence thier children's future by praying to an invisible force who hides in the clouds are also deluding themselves. Answers: Read the latest research on the use of social media. This (barf) "tool" is destroying our youth and our way of life. Our youth is "talking" and "dating" and in some cases becoming ENGAGED TO MARRY - WITHOUT EVER ACTUALLY MEETING. OUr youth thinks they are so clever with all of these modern tools and literally scoff at anyone who suggests otherwise. As for the point of my rant??? As I suggested above, look up the latest research on social media and read for yourself about the influence of alcohol and drugs and how they combine with the use of social media AND DESTROY LIVES. Oh. As for the teacher?? Sorry hon. Maybe in them olden days you get a second chance, but not anymore. Thank you. I must go now. Nap time.
mariazena April 18, 2013 at 04:15 AM
All this and people are trying to justify what she did.....If this how to deals with being "stressed"...well then she sure as hell has no reason being around children. She can drink all she wants in the privacy of her own home. Far away from society locked away in her own misery.Thank GOD she didn't run over anyone in the parking lot! Seriously, we all have stress in our lives...how many of us resort to what she did?!?
Agreed. As far as I am concerned, I would be far more forgiving if she had sex with a student vs being intoxicated on school property.
Mr Rogers April 21, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Hey folks. This is America here. Innocent 'til proven guilty - remember? Ms. Warren might need some help dealing with her problems, but more than that, right now what she needs is a good lawyer. You can knock lawyers alll you want, but when you need one, a good one is worth his/her weight in gold. What she does not need is a bunch of holier-than-thou hypocrites throwing darts at her. Whatever happened to "Let him without sin cast the first stone?" Let's not be so judgemental. She hasn't had her day in court yet, and these things are always more complex than they first appear. There's really no such thing as an open and shut case. So my advice would be to refrain from jumping to conclusions until all the facts of the case have been examined.
Take a drive over to Brighton Hospital on a Wednesday night and sit down in one of the meetings. Meet thousands of your neighbors who have had their lives DESTROYED by alcohol and drugs and then call us back with your quotes from scripture. Your all-seeing god forgot to address this problem when he invented the universe 5,000 years ago.
Kathy sims May 02, 2013 at 12:47 AM
And how would you know that, NoviResident?
Barth First May 03, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Where is MADD and SADD?? Why aren't they outraged?? What about the mangled car I see in front of schools from one time lapses of judgement???
RP May 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Your friendly (not) local Farmington Hills Curmudgeon!! "As far as I am concerned, I would be far more forgiving if she had sex with a student vs being intoxicated on school property." Because rape is so much more forgivable that being intoxicated and regretting it. Imagine if the principal were an man.


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