He’s back: FAU renews ‘Stomp Jesus’ professor’s contract

Deandre PooleThe last time we checked in with Florida Atlantic University instructor Deandre Poole, Ph.D., who was just rewarded with a contract renewal by the school, he was advising his students to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, then place the paper on the floor and stomp on it.

When a student took offense and complained about the assignment that came to be known as “Stomp Jesus,” the story went viral. Much of the angst resulting from the national firestorm was directed at Poole, who was eventually placed on administrative leave for safety reasons.

In a Friday news dump, Heather Coltman, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, stated that Poole “was offered and has accepted an appointment as an instructor, beginning with the 2013 summer term.”

A move that could prompt those who took issue with the Stomp Jesus incident to wonder if FAU stands for “F… all U.”

Keep in mind, in the ensuing controversy, Gov. Rick Scott publicly reprimanded FAU over the incident, the school apologized and, eventually, the beleaguered FAU president resigned.

And through it all, Deandre Poole, who is also vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, was quiet. But he is silent no longer, according to the Sun Sentinel, which reported that “he’s ecstatic to have his job back.”

Interestingly, FAU knows the decision to retain Poole is controversial.

“We thought it was in the university’s best interest,” Coltman wrote. After saying Poole “would be a valuable asset to the college,” she added: “I understand this decision may not be popular with all members of the community, but it was based on months of thorough research and consideration.”

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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 tom@bizpacreview.com

  • Valerie Parkhurst

    He played the Race card. FAU should have their backsides handed to them. "Offered and Accepted Uh?

  • maskedblogger

    Disgusting excuse for a human being.

  • Disappointed Reader

    There is a lot of pertinent information missing from this story… like the purpose of the exercise, the fact that Poole is a Christian and the exercise came from a Christian professor, etc

    • Patriot1742

      That is a lie – he is not a Christian.

      • Diana

        Actually, he is a Christian and teaches Sunday school.

    • Diogenes

      It does not matter if he was a disciple, that is not appropriate to ask a Christian to do.

    • Rich

      If you listen to my show I had the first live interview with Dr. Poole where he explained his side of the story.

  • Patriot1742

    DO NOT ATTEND THE COLLEGE – that was simple. No students – no reason for school.

  • Zach

    I have an idea. Why not print out little slips of paper with this jerkoff's picture and name on it, then offer them to people to stomp on?

    They could charge a couple bucks and donate the money to the Republican party of Palm Beach.

  • Doug Hanks

    Should the public go into a business and tell the boss whom he should hire and fire?

  • Alton

    We know both sides of the story but why not write KING or obama , why Jesus . Even Al Sharpton .