A Hillsborough County school teacher is in hot water after bringing a Ouija Board into her classroom.
According to Hillsborough County School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe, fourth-grade Alafia Elementary School teacher Theresa Clinton has been cautioned after parents of students at Burns Middle School complained that she brought a Ouija Board into a reading class at Burns Middle School where she was giving a presentation.
"The teacher has been cautioned to consider the type of reactions the parents might have about what she brings into the classroom," said Cobbe.
Clinton, a Bloomingdale East resident, is the author of a book for readers age 8 to 12 called "The Ouija Board Diaries: Summoning the Spirit." Cobbe said Clinton brought some of her books, along with a Ouija Board, into the seventh-grade classroom at Burns for a presentation.
The book revolves around 12-year old Janie who has just moved to a new town and discovers that she lives in a house with the ghost of a teen girl. With the aid of a Ouija Board, Janie begins to unravel the mystery of what happened to the teen girl.
Cobbe said Clinton's motivation was simply to get the students interested in reading. At no time did the students use the board, said Cobbe.
However, the school district received several complaints from parents who said they did not want their children exposed to a Ouija Board, which has been linked to the occult and is deemed by many to be a tool used to summon demonic spirits.
Clinton was unavailable for comment.
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