New Zealand: Teacher struck off after bringing magic mushrooms in guitar case to Motueka school

Probably not the smartest thing a teacher could do even if it is a bit rock’n’roll !

A Nelson teacher who brought magic mushrooms on to school grounds showed a “lack of insight” into the potential effects of his behaviour, a tribunal found.

Warwick Frank Stubbs was stripped of his teacher’s registration following a hearing of the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal in March. Its decision was released this week.

The incident happened on June 15, 2018, when Stubbs was working as a teacher aide at Motueka High School.

Previously employed in the music departments at Darfield High School, Otaki College, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and Gisborne Girls’ High School, Stubbs had initially been employed by Motueka High School as an itinerant guitar teacher for 2.5 hours per week.

According to the agreed summary of facts, on June 15 a student at the school found an expensive guitar and amp stashed in a cupboard in the school music storage room.

The student told one of the other music teachers, who after investigating the guitar case found a glass container which contained magic mushrooms – a class A controlled drug.

Security footage from the school showed Stubbs had placed the guitar in the cupboard.

In further conversations with school administration, Stubbs said he had possessed the magic mushrooms since 2013.


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