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Students Petition for Nun to Keep High School Teaching Job After DUI Charge

Students at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia are asking administrators to let a nun keep teaching after she was arrested for driving under the influence.

Sister Kimberly Miller, IHM, failed a field sobriety test in Washington Township, New Jersey around 3 a.m. last Saturday, police said.

Miller's blood alcohol concentration was twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to police.

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Before being stopped, police said Miller backed her silver Chevy Impala into the front doors of a Meineke Car Care Center along Route 42 in Turnersville.

Police pulled her over a short time later and she submitted to a field test. Miller was later charged with DUI.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education placed Miller on administrative leave Wednesday pending the outcome of an investigation.

Students launched an online petition the same day asking officials to let the well-liked sister keep her teaching job.

"She has helped her students blossom into the women they are today with her selfless devotion and dedication to her faith and job as a teacher," the petition reads. "In light of recent events, all of the positive things she has done should not be overshadowed by one negative wrongdoing."

More than 1,500 people signed the petition as of Friday morning — 590 more than hoped for.

Asked about the petition, archdiocesan spokesman Ken Gavin said officials were aware of it and reminded that no decision has been made about Miller's future. He said the diocese won't comment further since it's a personnel matter.

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