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DENVER -- They were cards she had never seen and a ritual she had never witnessed.

“I wasn't comfortable at all. I immediately left the room and called my grandma because for my religion we don't believe in that stuff,” said the student who didn’t want to be identified.

On the Friday before Halloween, students at Hidden Lake High School in Westminster walked in to Mrs. Mitchell's art class excited about the holiday. It was excitement the teacher did not share.

“Out of nowhere, I heard her come out and say I am going to do a cleansing, guys, to cleanse all the evil spirits from the classroom," the student said.

This student, who is not being identified at her mother's request, is a devout Christian. When Mrs. Mitchell brought the tarot cards out, her first thought was her Bible.

“I felt like I was violated basically because I were to pray over a student in the school that would have been a major thing and somebody's parents would have been really mad,” the student said.

She took video of the teacher reading the students cards about their futures. Some of it was good. But not all of it. She said two students drew the death card.

“I guess there was a death card in there and she was like it doesn't particularly mean death but it`s not good," the student said.

In her classroom, you probably won't find the Torah, but students could find a book written by James Wasserman, the author of "Memoir of the Occult."

“My grandma ended up telling that the person who made these cards is a really big Satanist in the cult ways," the student said.

In a statement, Adams School District 50 said, "The district is conducting a full and thorough investigation and until the issue is resolved, the teacher in question will not be in the classroom."

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