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Teacher suspended for 'fat butt Michelle Obama' remark

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM
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High school teacher suspended for 'fat butt Michelle Obama' remark

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An Alabama high school teacher has been suspended 10 days without pay for a rant in which he called the first lady "fat butt Michelle Obama."

Alabama high school psychology teacher Bob Grisham has been suspended for 10 days without pay for a rant that included calling the first lady “fat butt Michelle Obama." A student in Grisham’s class made an audio recording of the remarks, which also included derogatory comments about gays.

Grisham's suspension from Lauderdale County High School begins on Tuesday, and he has been barred from teaching his class for the rest of the school year and ordered to attend sensitivity training. Also the school's head football coach, he will be assigned "other academic duties'' for the rest of the year in place of teaching his class, according to Lauderdale County Superintendent Jennifer Gray.

Grisham will also have to meet monthly with Mark Butler, the school system's personnel director, to make sure he is meeting his requirements. Grisham's coaching job was not addressed at the Board of Education meeting on Monday night that decided his punishment for the remarks, Butler told TODAY.com.

During a debate-type discussion about current affairs in his class on Jan. 27, Grisham blamed the school’s low-calorie lunch offerings on “fat butt Michelle Obama.’’ He also added, “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.’’

In that same class, he also voiced his disdain for homosexuals.

“I don’t believe in queers,’’ he said. “I don’t like queers. I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God.’’

Grisham told Florence, Alabama's Times Daily last week that he misspoke during the debate in his class.

“We are profoundly disappointed in the actions and statements of Mr. Grisham,’’ Gray said in a statement. “The Board has taken actions specifically calculated to prevent such actions and statements from being made again. The Board hopes that this will serve as learning opportunity that all can move forward in a positive and productive manner.’’

Grisham’s comments about the First Lady’s posterior are the latest in a string of negative mentions. Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host, has called her Michelle “My Butt’’ Obama, and Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was heard saying “she lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.’’ The Atlantic also ran a story in December 2011 titled, “Why Fat Conservatives Love Calling Michelle Obama Fat” in which it labeled calling the First Lady fat one of the right wing’s “top political memes.’’

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T-HoneyLuv
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM
Diarhea of the mouth...not even mouthwash can mask the stench.
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Indianamomto4
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

All they can come up to be derogatory about her is the size of her butt? She is an absolutely beautiful woman! Why are women always put down over looks or weight? I am disgusted by this kind of hatred against women. It's no wonder so many girls suffer with low self esteem when they are judged on looks and not their character or accomplishments! Moms need to stand up against this kind of discrimination!

Arwyn724
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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Good for the school district.  Did I read right?  He teaches psychology?  He should lose his job.

Arwyn 724 

bobnliz
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Yep, this and she doesn't even have a big butt.  She has wide hips, but she is a woman who has had two kids.  Are we supposed to look 13 at 49??  He's mad about low cal lunches, lol, he can go to Wendy's.  Our kids SHOULD be eating healthy!! Too many of them are overwieght and out of shape.  She is doing a good thing.

Quoting Indianamomto4:

All they can come up to be derogatory about her is the size of her butt? She is an absolutely beautiful woman! Why are women always put down over looks or weight? I am disgusted by this kind of hatred against women. It's no wonder so many girls suffer with low self esteem when they are judged on looks and not their character or accomplishments! Moms need to stand up against this kind of discrimination!


SuperMommy22
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Let's be clear here. He was suspended because of his remarks about Michelle Obama, not the "queer" remark. What the hell has the world comming to? I don't like the changes to the school food, and it is her doing. I also don't believe any one who is homosexual is going to heaven. But, I am not as insensitive as he was. Although I think he needs some guidance in sensitivity and tact. I disagree that his personal views are attacked. And that he was suspended for it it rediculious.
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do11face
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

wow, what a douche. He should be suspended and if he can't keep his mouth shut he should be fired.
And she is not anywhere close to being overweight.

We had a teacher that was always saying derogatory comments about gays, women, and other races in HS. We would complain every day but they said he was retiring so they didn't care. -_-. I hated that crazy old man.

coolmommy2x
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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Why would anyone be against low calorie lunches? While teachers are entitled to their opinions, they have no right to teach or spew disrespect in the classroom.
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angevil53
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Huh? Then my ass his huge!!!
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Teeshann
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

 lol. so basically he was hungry and decided to take his anger out on the first lady and gays?

ratchetlee
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

He was suspended for 10 days, he lost his 5th period class, he has to take sensitivity class and anger management.....

This is my kids' school.......

and I know this man too

Quoting SuperMommy22:

Let's be clear here. He was suspended because of his remarks about Michelle Obama, not the "queer" remark. What the hell has the world comming to? I don't like the changes to the school food, and it is her doing. I also don't believe any one who is homosexual is going to heaven. But, I am not as insensitive as he was. Although I think he needs some guidance in sensitivity and tact. I disagree that his personal views are attacked. And that he was suspended for it it rediculious.


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