May 05, 2008

Florida Teacher Fired for Wizardry

I'm speechless. I guess this is what happens when the lunatics take over the asylum and people who believe in angels and demons instead of reason wind up in charge f an educational system.

A substitute teacher in Florida's Pasco County has lost his job on a charge of wizardry because he made a toothpick disappear.

Magic trick costs teacher job

Well, another Pasco County substitute teacher's job is on the line, but this time it's because of a magic trick.

The charge from the school district — Wizardry!

Substitute teacher Jim Piculas does a 30-second magic trick where a toothpick disappears then reappears.

But after performing it in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land 'O Lakes, Piculas said his job did a disappearing act of its own.

"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,'" he said.

When Piculas went in, he learned his little magic trick cast a spell and went much farther than he'd hoped.

"I said, 'Well Pat, can you explain this to me?' 'You've been accused of wizardry,' [he said]. Wizardry?" he asked...
After the fact, the assistant superintendent for Pasco brought up a bunch of other things, like not following lesson plans. Apparently none of that was told to Piculas, though.
Tampa Bay's 10 talked to the assistant superintendent with the Pasco County School District who said it wasn't just the wizardry and that Piculas had other performance issues...
It's not just the wizardry? You mean wizardry was a factor at all?

Piculas is lucky he didn't stoned to death by a bunch of demon-haunted fundamentalists. Just wait; by next year, Floridians will be having their own version of penis-shrinking hysteria.

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