Teacher resigns over Jesus cannabis essay
Guarascio, sponsor of the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community and monthly poetry writing workshops at the Loma Colorado Library, was also a teacher at Cleveland High School, and she recently gave her pupils an assignment to take a fairy tale or legend and give it a contemporary spin.
One student changed the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor to Jesus handing out cannabis to the sick.
I don’t take any personal offence. It’s not written for me. It’s written for them. It’s how they can express themselves.
But according to the teacher, during a peer review, one of the other students got highly offended by the story and told her parents. The teacher was then put on administrative leave while the district investigated.
Guarascio said she felt targeted, harassed and forced to resign. She has one last message for her students.
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.
The teacher was not forced to resign because of the students’ freedom of speech rights, according to a spokeswoman for Rio Rancho Schools. The spokeswoman said the teacher chose to resign.
A man who apparently knows a thing or two about the Bible and intoxicating substances – US televangelist Pat Robertson – said a while back that he enjoyed a glass of wine now and then:
When I was in college, I hit it pretty hard, but that was before Christ.
He added that he did not think cannabis appeared in the Bible, though he noted that :
Jesus made water into wine. I don’t think he was a teetotaler.
Robertson was actually advocating the legalisation of cannabis!