Teacher Accused Of Wizardry
LAND O' LAKES -- A Florida substitute teacher said his job disappeared after he did a magic trick in front of his students.
Substitute teacher Jim Piculas made a toothpick disappear, then reappear, in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land O'Lakes.
The Pasco County School District said the trick is just one of the reasons Piculas was let go.
"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.' I said, 'Well Pat, can you explain this to me?' 'You've been accused of wizardry.' Wizardry?" Piculas said.
Piculas says the parent of a traumatized student complained after he performed the toothpick trick.
The assistant superintendent said Piculas had other issues, such as not following lesson plans
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