Teacher Forced to Resign After Allowing Students to Express Themselves

I decided to visit school-survival.net for the first time in ages and found this little gem:

"RIO RANCHO, NM (KOAT/CNN) - Jesus and drugs; the two topics merged in a New Mexico classroom, costing a teacher her job.

A high school student wrote a story for class about Jesus Christ giving out pot.

"I'm not there to judge them. I'm there to encourage them,” said teacher Katrina Guarascio.

Guarascio said her creative writing class is a safe place students can find their voices, express themselves and talk freely.

The assignment was to take a fairy tale or legend and re-write it in modern times.

"More students want to be creative and they want to write,” she said.

One student changed the Biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor to Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick.

"I don't take any personal offense. It's not written for me. It's written for them. It's how they can express themselves."

But according to the Guarascio, during a peer review, one of the other students got highly offended by the story, told her parents, and then the teacher was put on administrative leave while the district investigated.

Guarascio said then she felt forced to resign as well as targeted and harassed.

But leaves her students with a final life lesson.

"If they have something to say, say it. Not everyone's going to agree with you. But that doesn't make your point invalid or worthless. Tell your story," she said."

An open-minded teacher felt forced to resign. What a joke.

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