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Creative Writing Assignment That Turns Into "Jesus and the Marijuana" Raises Concern

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    RIO RANCHO - A New Mexico high school teacher has left her job after a student rewrote the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor into a narrative about Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick.

    Katrina Guarascio, a creative writing teacher at Cleveland High School in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, had assigned students to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times.

    KOAT-TV (http://goo.gl/D84SKO ) reported Monday that Guarascio says a student got offended by the story and told her parents.

    The teacher says she recently quit after the district put her on administrative leave. Guarascio says she felt targeted and harassed.

    A Rio Rancho Schools spokeswoman says Guarascio was not forced to resign but chose to do so.

    Talking Points/Dec. 9, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. chupamivergaguey
    Re: Creative Writing Assignment That Turns Into "Jesus and the Marijuana" Raises Con

    I wonder what the full story is on this one. Usually people don't get fired for the actions of others unless there is pretext (i.e., Socrates). Without pretext, it would be a parent-teacher conference kind of situation.
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