Bob Grisham, the bigoted football coach and teacher from Rogersville, Alabama, has been suspended for two weeks without pay for making bigoted comments about First Lady Michelle Obama and gay people. There are other punishments as well, none of them serious:
Among other comments, recorded by a student, Grisham blamed the school’s low-calorie lunches on “fat-butt Michelle Obama. Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”
Grisham also mentioned his opinion of homosexuals, saying, “I don’t believe in queers. I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God.”…
He has been suspended for 10 days without pay, will be barred from teaching, must attend sensitivity classes and will be assigned “other academic duties” for the rest of the semester, school superintendent Jennifer Gray said.
I don’t think this is nearly enough. I thought he had made those idiotic statements in a conversation with some guys on his football team, but he said them during class, for crying out loud. And he even said during them that he didn’t care whether someone told their parents or the superintendent on him. He should be fired. He clearly has no idea where the boundaries are.
And take a look at some of the comments on the local newspaper page. Deena Hanback Young, speaking of the superintendent, says:
I have more respect for her now for realizing this was probably a big setup to try and get this guy fired. Maybe that is the culprit they need to be looking for!…
How ridiculous! How would the kid know to start this and then TAPE it if it were not a setup? They probably totally provoked the whole thing to get him fired. LOL, it backfired on them thank goodness!
Yes, I bet a student made him say racist and homophobic things in front of the class. I’ll tell you how the student knew to make the tape, because this is almost certainly not the first time he’s said things like that in front of the class. Sounds a lot like the situation in New Jersey where a teacher was preaching to the class, telling kids they were going to hell and so forth.
Anita Nafe Prince says:
Where is your “love and tolerance” for this man? “Love and tolerance” only for those who have the same opinion as you is not “love and tolerance” at all. It’s hypocrisy.
Uh, no. It’s not. Only an idiot would think so.
Ronald and Sherry Chaney went even further:
Where is the fund to make up for the Coach’s loss of ten days pay? I want to contribute.
Wow. Seriously. Ron Howard (not that one) says:
Dude. It’s freedom of speech. People can st what they want. Leave him alone
Uh, no. It’s not. He does not have freedom to say anything he wants in front of his class.
And then Deena Hanback Young again:
I don’t think he should have been punished at all. He has the right to his own opinion which was solicited. Was the student who taped this disciplined? I thought they were not to have electronics at school.
He could have used a few different words but I’d be proud for him to teach my daughter. He has a spine, a rare thing these days. I agree with him 100%.
And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know so many of my fellow citizens are fucking morons.