Florida Teacher Fired for Wizardry

Some things are just so bizarre that you can’t make them up. Tampa Bay Online reports:

The telephone call that spelled the end of Jim Piculas’ career as a substitute teacher in Pasco County came on a January day about a week after he performed the disappearing-toothpick trick for a group of rapt middle school students.

Pat Sinclair, who oversees substitute teachers in the Pasco County School District, was on the phone. She told Piculas there had been a complaint about his performance at Rushe Middle School in Land O’ Lakes.

He asked what she meant.

“She said, ‘You’ve been accused of wizardry,’

” Piculas said.

He said the statement seemed bizarre to him, like something out of Harry Potter.

Piculas said he replied, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

He said he also told Sinclair, “It’s not black magic. It’s a toothpick.”

Steve Benen is relieved that at least they didn’t burn him at the stake and wonders “how accusations of ‘wizardry’ can exist in the 21st century.” Considering that there are conservatives who believe things such as that dinosaurs and humans coexisted, and considering the conservative reaction to the Harry Potter novels, it comes as little surprise that there remain people who are worried abut wizardry.

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  1. 1
    norwegian says:

    You crazed americans. Witch doctors the lot of ye

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    Not all of us. As you can tell from this blog, some of us are fighting to restore sanity to this country.

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