In fact, assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose told the St. Petersburg Times, it wasn’t the magic trick at all. Rather, the district had written reports from the principal and a teacher at Rushe Middle School detailing Piculas’ use of profane language, his inability to control the class and his decision to put a student in charge – something the student’s parent complained about.
But those details got drowned out as the tale bounced from blog to blog. It was the wizardry angle, with all its Harry Potter imagery, that grabbed the spotlight.
It will be interesting to see if this story circulates as widely as the last one. Somehow I doubt it.
Previously: Florida substitute teacher fired for wizardry
Update: Another update with more details