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Alabama HS teacher suspended over Michelle Obama/anti gay rant in class

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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 If you ask me, this man needs more than a 10-day suspension...

 

  

 

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."

 

By Scott Stump, TODAY contributor

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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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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By the gods... these idiots teach kids. Hate is taught, dislike is taught... it is a learned behavior. 

I agree, 10 days is not enough.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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 Yup.

And may I just say that I don't get the whole "big butt" Michelle Obama comments. That woman is in better shape than most women half her age. She is not fat. WTF?

Quoting Sekirei:

By the gods... these idiots teach kids. Hate is taught, dislike is taught... it is a learned behavior. 

I agree, 10 days is not enough.

 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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Yeah, seriously... i want that body. 

Quoting cjsbmom:

 Yup.

And may I just say that I don't get the whole "big butt" Michelle Obama comments. That woman is in better shape than most women half her age. She is not fat. WTF?

Quoting Sekirei:

By the gods... these idiots teach kids. Hate is taught, dislike is taught... it is a learned behavior. 

I agree, 10 days is not enough.

 


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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Keep you asinine personal opinions out of the classroom.

If you can't, find another career.

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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I find it Hilarious that Limbaugh can compare his posterior to hers.

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM
I know, right?!

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

I find it Hilarious that Limbaugh can compare his posterior to hers.

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KimmyShaw
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

 NOT the time or place...jeez

MentorMom1
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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So biggoted teacher-jocks get to keep their jobs? Throw the bum out. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

 Oh come on. He's hawt. All that man flab jiggling around back there. You know it's sexy.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

I find it Hilarious that Limbaugh can compare his posterior to hers.

 

dollhead78
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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Yeah, he should keep his derogatory comments to himself. He is just there to teach these kids, not mentor them on hate.

I do agree however that it is a huge dissappointment what Michelle Obama has done to our school lunches. My kids save their lunch money to buy extra clothes, jewelry and etc cause they will not eat most school meals. Of course, sometimes they take their lunch now but until just recently their schools said no outside foods were allowed.

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