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Arizona Teacher Fired Over Bumper Sticker

Arizona Teacher Fired Over Bumper Sticker

“Have you drugged your kid today?”

That’s the bumper sticker on English teacher Tarah Ausburn’s Prius that got her fired. (She has a total of 61 on her car.)

The high school teacher from Surprise, Arizona, refused to peel off the sticker after five parents at Imagine Prep High School complained and administrators ordered it — or her car — removed.

Peel Off Sticker Or Park Elsewhere

They said she could keep the sticker on if she’d agree to park off campus for the rest of the school year.

As for the offending sticker, “It’s kind of a criticism of us tending to over-medicate hyperactive kids who might not need those medications,” the English teacher told CBS 5 News. “I just like the ability to take a controversial topic and sum it up in one clever line. I’m an English teacher; that’s what I do,” Ausburn added.

Ausburn Doesn’t Pontificate In Class, Only On Her Prius

Ms. Ausburn points out that she never pontificated in class – she left that up to her Prius, which is completely plastered over with stickers on issues ranging from the environment to feminism.

She believes school officials violated her First Amendment rights, and she wants her job back. Imagine Prep is a public charter school, meaning that teachers there don’t have as many rights as teachers in “regular” public schools, nor do they have a union backing them up.

Most teachers would agree that it’s wrong to try and influence your students’ political and social beliefs, although sometimes it’s really hard to avoid doing so.

But to not be able to express your opinions via bumper stickers on your car?

Students Call Tahar Ausburn “Amazing”

Interestingly, the story on this teacher published by CBS 5News has drawn numerous comments, many of them from Ms. Ausburn’s former students, discussing what an amazing teacher she was.

Maybe the school found her just too amazing?

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10:32AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

This is a violation of the constitution. Not very smart Arizona! You better pull out your wallet and prepare for court costs and lawsuits.

7:19AM PDT on May 27, 2011

Teachers should have more sense.

2:23PM PDT on May 25, 2011

this is really wonderful and it is truth the bumper sticker is given some msg or some thing.
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8:06AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

It's funny...the people that complained about her bumper sticker that said, "Have you drugged your kid today?" did not understand what this meant. They thought it meant giving them illegal drugs...and it simply refers to the epidemic of giving kids mind altering drugs that come from "doctors".

8:04AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

t's funny...the people that complained about her bumper sticker that said, "Have you drugged your kid today?" did not understand what this meant. They thought it mean giving then illegal drugs...and it simply refers to the epidemic of giving kids mind altering drugs that come from "doctors".

8:02AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

It funny...the people that complained about her bumper sticker that said, "Have you drugged your kid today?" did not understand what this meant. They thought it mean giving then illegal drugs...and it simply refers to the epidemic of giving kids mind altering drugs that come from "doctors".

7:11AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I'm also outraged about this...so many kids are drugged today for no reason other than to make someone money...she should have the right to put bumper stickers on her vehicle...this is called free speech!!!

7:01AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I am an American and I am OUTRAGED over this!!! This country is built on our freedom to express ourselves...How can this happen in THIS country?!? She should be able to file suit for millions of dollars and WIN...search: The Dawn of Intelligence

6:42AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I am an American and I am OUTRAGED over this!!! This country is built on our freedom to express ourselves...How can this happen in THIS country?!? She should be about to file suit for millions of dollars and WIN...search: The Dawn of Intelligence

7:16PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

This is not fair. Good teachers ALWAYS seem to get the bad rap.

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