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Suspension over, suburban Phoenix drama teacher returns to school

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A Scottsdale high school drama teacher has returned
after being suspended for directing acting class students to perform a play with
sexually explicit content.

Andrew Cupo had been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 7 after some
parents complained about the play.

Students in Cupo’s advanced drama class at Cactus Shadows High studied and read
aloud an absurdist play in which one of the characters falls in love with a

Cupo reportedly warned the students several times about the explicit content
and offered several opportunities to opt out and study an alternative script.

Scottsdale police looked into the matter and found no grounds for criminal

Cupo was back in class Tuesday. Cactus High’s principal now will review all
plays performed in class or publicly at the school.


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