Texas Teacher Is Replaced After Telling Students She's Engaged To Jesus

A Texas teacher was replaced after delivering a monologue to her Spanish class about her unusual spiritual beliefs, which included asserting that she is Mary Magdalene and would be married to Jesus. One student recorded it on camera and posted it on YouTube, reports TV station KGBT in Harlingen. A few other apparently weirded-out students discreetly left the classroom for help, and the teacher was escorted from the classroom.

The school superintendent later claimed that the comments by Imelda Paredes, a ninth-grade teacher at San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, were the result of a bad reaction to medication. But Paredes, who had been honored by the San Benito School District as Teacher of the Year in 2007, insisted that she said those things "because it's true."

Paredes, 42, began her 12-minute speech by describing how Jesus had fallen in love with Mary Magdelene when he was 12. Continuing in Spanish, she explained that he impregnated her before his crucifixion.

Paredes said that she and Jesus will marry one day because she is Mary Magdelene and has stayed up all night chatting with the Son of God. Wedding preparations were already underway in Heaven, she added.

One student said that he knew the teacher's husband. She replied that her only husband was Jesus.

And she could prove it too, she said. If they looked into her eyes, they would see that one of her eyes belonged to Jesus, who gave it to her because he always wanted to see what she saw. "Is there anybody who wants to speak to Jesus?" she asked. "He's watching you."

A few students took Paredes up on her offer, as their classmates giggled, or looked on quietly. "Staring contest!" one of them shouts. The teacher then put on some ethereal music, and stood in silence.

The students who ran out came back with an administrator who removed Paredes from the room. "I've never had a possessed teacher," one of the students said.

Paredes had also informed students that God would soon destroy the world, but that Jesus had created another, more beautiful planet where everyone was 25 years old.

When the video ended up online, the San Benito school superintendent told The Brownsville Herald that the teacher had a bad reaction to her medications. It wasn't the first time that Paredes reportedly had such an episode, to the dismay of some parents. In December she allegedly brought up the imminent apocalypse to students. But Paredes had been at the school in southern Texas for nine years, so the district forgave it.

"I met with both her and her husband, and I had a release from her doctors," Superintendent Antonio Limon said. "It was an isolated incident, and the board was aware of the decision."

But when the San Benito News questioned Paredes about her comments, she claimed that her remarks were accurate. Paredes has been replaced for the last few weeks of the school year while the incident is under review.

Paredes isn't the first teacher to be caught on video behaving bizarrely, or expounding peculiar religious beliefs. In 2010, a high school teacher in Nashville was recorded on video screaming, and throwing tables and a garbage can, as students fled the room.

A few years before, a New Jersey history teacher was recorded telling students that they would go to Hell if they didn't accept Jesus as their savior, that evolution and the Big Bang weren't scientific, and that global warming theorists used tactics similar to Hitler's to get people to believe their lies.

In response, Kearny High School began training teachers on the separation of church and state. It also banned students from videotaping in the classroom without the teacher's permission.

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It would be interesting to research the commonly perceived threshold between everyday "regular religious crazy" and "lunatic off the wall religious crazy." Eah, never mind... there probably too close to tell anyhow.

May 11 2013 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is this not the belief of Roman Catholic nuns? Don't they consider themselves wed, or at least engaged, with Jesus Christ their Lord?

May 10 2013 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Catholic Church (as a whole) is seen as the Bride of Christ. In a marriage the union between husband and wife is representative of this relationship. A nun takes vows to focus her life on God completely and she is a bride of Christ in this symbolic sense. Just as a priest is representative of Christ on earth and gives his life to the church (Christ's bride).


May 11 2013 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a freak !

May 10 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gail and Rich

I am against all of these articles about people who are obviously mentally ill. If you have never experienced any friends or family without any issues, I think you are lucky. She should have just been taken to a care facility. Hopefully, she will get some medicines to help her. I feel sorry for her family having to read about this online. I don't think I am wrong.

May 10 2013 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Churches rewrite religious history constantly to keep up with people who are getting more intelligent and begin asking questions. Who is to say this woman is wrong? Certainly not the perveyors of myth that need these stories to keep the income flowing. The teacher should ride to school on a donkey, make it look real.

May 10 2013 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is frightening is that her delusions are pretty mainstream in the world of the Christian Right.

May 10 2013 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Bobby Jo Woods

That is such a bonehead, ridiculous statement.

May 10 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
The Martins

Psychotic break.

May 10 2013 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was waiting for her to pee on the floor and spin her head 360 degrees!

May 10 2013 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Terry's comment

That was during lunch hour in the cafeteria.

May 10 2013 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmmm, I dont remember reading that in the Bible.

May 17 2012 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Simple faith in a loving God surely helps individuals to be emotionally healthy and can help people to be a good example by demonstrating sane loving actions on account of it. And surely that helps make the world a better place.
But religious fanaticism on the other hand seems more like a form of artificially induced psychosis which is deliberately promoted and exploited by charlatans in the big "organized religion" business. Its like they have some kind of mass hypnotic power over people which allows them to corral them into a dazed separate social group where they can be exploited economically and politically.
Organized religion is big business with TV and radio stations, huge conferences, huge congregations, millions of books and CD's and billions in tithes and buckets of cash along with an uncanny power to influence how people vote.
It seems to be all about raking in mountains of money and promoting the narrow minded politics of the GOP than anything else.

May 17 2012 at 9:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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