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

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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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