FAU puts ‘Stomp Jesus’ professor on leave for safety reasons

Deandre Poole

FAU professor Deandre Poole

The professor behind the controversial “Stomp Jesus” classroom assignment has been placed on administrative leave for safety reasons, according to a statement released Friday by Florida Atlantic University.

The school has seen a nationwide outcry since a student complained that professor Deandre Poole instructed his intercultural communications class earlier this month to write the name “Jesus” on a  piece of paper and then stomp on it.

FAU brought the student, Ryan Rotela, up on academic charges Monday, then reversed course, dropping all charges and issuing an apology.

School spokeswoman Lisa Metcalf said in Friday’s statement:

FAU instructor Deandre Poole, Ph.D., has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately for safety reasons. As a result of the reaction to a recent exercise in Dr. Poole’s intercultural communications class, the instructor’s personal safety has been compromised.

In addition, this decision will prevent further disruption to the day-to-day operations of Florida Atlantic University.

Because of this, Dr. Poole will not teach any classes, conduct office hours, or be present at any of FAU’s campuses or sites. Alternate instructors have been assigned to teach Dr. Poole’s classes. Students have been notified and classes will continue as scheduled.

As first reported on BizPac Review, Poole is vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, and his recent actions add to a disturbing pattern of religious intolerance displayed by the local party.

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Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.He can be reached at TomTillisonFL@gmail.com
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  • KB Cook

    Good idea. When will they fire him?

    • Ridetime

      They wont fire him, Jesse Jackson And Al Sharpton will Cry 'Racially Motivated'…come on KB, you know the system…lol

      • Edward

        I am amazed that an educated person such as this man could not see the potential problems that followed. My opinion is that anyone that stupid should be terminated.

        The fact that he has not been terminated shows how far the Federal government has gone to shroud certain groups from those rules of behavior that white people must adhere to. It is a Black and White thing and will continue until certain groups knock off that chip that has been on their shoulders for a very long time.

        Good luck America

  • Rich

    Whoever made that decision to suspend and bring this honorable student up on charges should go. Was Ms Saunders FAU president part of this original decision? Didn't Ms Saunders hit a student in Jupiter with her car as she rode off into the sunset? Could you imagine if it was the other way around what would happen to the student?

    http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2013/03/di

  • torepedo

    Nice to see that crusader attitude back

  • Clare

    The only people he should be –fearful of–are the ones who support his views–and want to turn this incident into a political battle.

  • Sue

    It now worked out well for the safety of the students taking his classes. I mean their moral safety, not their physical safety. I don't really believe in Karma, but if I did, hopefully, this would be it.

  • http://14theroad.wordpress.com Tim Mauch

    This is insuffient, the university needs to take some responsibility for the teachers that they hire and for their conduct.

    • Michele

      here here you are so correct

  • Michele

    first of all if this bigot anti Christian loser did this with a pic of Mohammad he would already be fired. So that leaves me to believe that the school is also run by bigots..On top of it what kind of retarded class is intercultural communications class. This is the kind of crap that keeps separating people. We have an American culture. All people are free to practice any religion, practice any cultural traditions you want! UNLESS you are a white male Christian, than its ok to blast and disrespect you.

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  • Shelly Sands

    What a crock! For his personal safety? When was the last time anyone has seen a Christian running around threatening to chop off someone's head for disrespecting Jesus….(crickets).

    • Rich

      That is a cowardly approach they have taken. This is how they communicate to the public?

  • Rev. Clive Samuels

    TRUE CHRISTIANS DO NO RESORT TO VIOLENCE, WE ACCEPT THE APOLOGY, FORGIVE AND MOVE ON. WE FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST. ON THE CROSS CHRIST SAID, " Father forgive them for they know not what they do." IF YOU HAVE ANY DESIRE TO HARM THIS PROFESSOR YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL AND YOU DO NOT BELONG TO CHRIST.R

    • george_m

      Reverend Samuels, while it is true that true Christians would not normally resort to violence, these attacks on Christianity are happening far too often these days. Unfortunately, the words of Christ no longer apply as "the DO know what they are doing". While I do not condone any act of violence against any human being, this professor and the school have bought this on themselves with their actions. There is no excuse for what occurred in the classroom and there is certainly no excuse for the action the university took against this student (which was reversed due to the public's outrage).

      If I were a resident of Florida, I would be outraged that my tax dollars are going to fund this university.

      • http://facebook susan

        …and to continue to pay this man's salary while on leave.

    • bingo

      yes …..did you ever hear the Expression…Do unto others

      as they do unto you….

    • http://facebook susan

      True Christians also don't stomp on Jesus's name, Rev.