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07 May 2008 @ 03:19 pm
A Wiz Of A Substitute Teacher  
Teacher Accused Of Wizardry

LAND O' LAKES -- A Florida substitute teacher said his job disappeared after he did a magic trick in front of his students.

Substitute teacher Jim Piculas made a toothpick disappear, then reappear, in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land O'Lakes.

The Pasco County School District said the trick is just one of the reasons Piculas was let go.

"I get a call the middle of the day from head of supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, 'Jim, we have a huge issue. You can't take any more assignments. You need to come in right away.' I said, 'Well Pat, can you explain this to me?' 'You've been accused of wizardry.' Wizardry?" Piculas said.

Piculas says the parent of a traumatized student complained after he performed the toothpick trick.

The assistant superintendent said Piculas had other issues, such as not following lesson plans and allowing students to play on computers that were not approved....

Reading between the lines, my guess is that what happened is:

1. The substitute teacher was goofing around with the class a bit, either out of laziness or in an attempt to establish a rapport.

2. One of the parents complained about the act of "wizardry" that had "traumatized" (did they actually say that, or is this something that got interjected by the article writer?) their kid.

3. The superintendant took the path of least resistance and let the teacher go.

4. After the story got out and the ridicule started to come in, the superintendant raised point #1 (which normally would have been ignored as nothing ususual) as the real justification for the dismissal.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Janicejannyblue on May 7th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
It perplexes me that this decision came from a school board in a state that wanted to teach (as fact) that an all-powerful invisible man in the sky created all the diversity of life on earth in 7 days... in science class.

And he gets fired over a silly little disappearing/reappearing toothpick trick.

I don't understand this. Can someone please explain it to me?

Or maybe Florida's still bitter that they would have had to teach the Pastafarian creation "theory" in addition to the Xtian Myth "theory", causing them to drop ID from the curriculum entirely rather than teach both.

So I guess I'm just glad I didn't end up living there after all. :-)

Edited at 2008-05-07 09:48 pm (UTC)