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Pasco sub fired for 'wizardry' sues district for slander

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January

Piculas_3 Former Pasco substitute teacher Jim Piculas got his 15 minutes of fame last year when he accused the district of firing him for "wizardry."

Now he's suing the school district, as promised, based on its public response to his accusation.

In a complaint to the Pasco Circuit Court, which has not yet been recorded, lawyer Jeffrey "Jack" Gordon accuses the district and two employees of slander, libel and defamation against Piculas.

Gordon also said the district's public statements that Piculas had acted unprofessionally had injured his opportunity to get a job in teaching.

"He has taken some jobs here and there, but none of them has been as a substitute teacher or in the teaching industry," Gordon said. "He really feels blackballed." And after reading some documents from Hillsborough and other districts, Gordon added, "I don't think he's paranoid."

Pasco School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso said he had not seen the complaint. But he added that the district generally stands by its treatment of Piculas.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]

    

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