Teacher says she felt pressured to quit after student wrote creative assignment about Jesus, marijuana

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) – 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  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.

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