An Alabama teacher has been suspended for a political rant which included calling the First Lady “fat butt Michelle Obama.”
Bob Grisham, a high school psychology teacher, has been suspended for 10 days without pay for his “fat butt Michelle Obama” rant, which was also included derogatory comments about homosexuals. A student in Grisham’s class made an audio recording of the rant, and apparently turned it in to school authorities, reports NBC News.
Grisham, who is also the school’s head football coach, will begin his suspension from Lauderdale County High School Tuesday, and he will not teach his class for the rest of the school year. The cherry on top of his punishment? Mandatory sensitivity training.
He’ll have other academic duties for the remainder of the year when he returns from suspension, and will have to meet monthly the school’s personnel director, to make sure he’s meeting his requirements.
His “fat butt Michelle Obama” remark stemmed from a debate/discussion about current affairs in his class, during which he blamed Lauderdale High School’s low-calorie lunch program on the First Lady. “Look at her,” he remarked. “She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”
He also included a rant against 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 Alabama’s Times Daily last week that he misspoke during the class discussion.
What do you think? Should Grisham have been punished more severely for his “fat butt Michelle Obama” rant?