In 2002, the French movie Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain) was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film. In Heather Salazar’s classroom, though, the quirky love story was a flop. The French teacher from Orange, Texas was placed on unpaid administrative leave after showing the film to her students at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. The movie is R-rated and reportedly contains nudity and sexual content. The district’s superintendent said Salazar failed to follow official procedures for screening films with such content. Should Salazar have known better?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.