TRESA WAGGONER, the Bennett, Colo., elementary school teacher who got into hot water in January for showing her students a video clip of Gounod's "Faust," is reportedly out looking for a new job and a new community.
Additionally, Bennett Mayor Karen Grossaint resigned last month over the matter, telling the Rocky Mountain News that Waggoner's removal from the classroom was the "last straw." She said the 2,500-member community east of Denver "has a mean-spirited undertone."
Waggoner had wanted to teach her students about opera by playing 12 minutes from a 33-year-old series called "Who's Afraid of Opera?" But some parents complained that their kids were traumatized after seeing famed soprano Joan Sutherland and singing sock puppets recount the story of Faust selling his soul to the Devil.
They accused Waggoner, a mother of two, of being a devil worshiper and a lesbian out to promote homosexuality (she said she was trying to explain "trouser roles" in opera).