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‘Have You Drugged Your Kids Today?’

By Caroline Cournoyer — March 02, 2011 1 min read
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Earlier this year, teacher Natalie Munroe sparked a national debate when she was fired for blogging about her students and claimed her First Amendment rights were violated. Now, an English teacher in Arizona is making the same claim after being let go for refusing to part with a bumper sticker, reports Care2.

After a handful of parents at Imagine Prep complained about one of Tarah Ausburn’s bumper stickers—which asks, “Have you drugged your kids today?"—administrators told her to remove it or park her car off campus. Ausburn refused both options and was consequently fired, according to Care2.

The sticker is “kind of a criticism of us tending to over-medicate hyperactive kids who might not need those medications,” the 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 stressed that she never preached her beliefs in class and believes her bumper sticker—and the 60 others on her car—are protected by her freedom of speech.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.