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Florida College Student Told To Step On Jesus Sign

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Florida Atlantic University student Ryan Rotela claims he was suspended because he refused to step on a Jesus sign. Rotela says Intercultural Communications professor Dr. Deandre Poole told students to write Jesus on a piece of paper, then stomp on the self-made sign.

Ryan Rotela is reportedly a devout Mormon. The Florida college student allegedly told the professor that he found the assignment offensive and refused to participate. During an interview with WPEC-TV, Rotela stated that if you stomp on something, then you must believe that it has no value. The Florida Atlantic University student also said, “So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value.”

The student maintains that the situation stemming from the Jesus sign incident intensified several days later. Ryan Rotela reportedly went to Dr. Deandre Poole’s supervisor to complain about the Intercultural Communications class assignment.

According to the Florida Atlantic University student, he was suspended from the class after voicing the complaint. When asked about the suspension, the college issued this statement:

“Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”

University officials maintain Dr. Deandra Poole was merely engaging in a classroom activity from a textbook. The book is reportedly entitled, Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition. The college gave no comment about disciplinary action against the professor when the question was posed by local journalists.

Ryan Rotela also commented that he went to college to get a degree and not be insulted. Rotela followed the instructions when told to write Jesus on a sheet of paper and place it on the floor. Once Dr. Poole allegedly said to stomp on the paper, Rotela picked it back up and put it on his desk.

The Florida Atlantic University student feels like he is being punished for standing up for his religious beliefs. Ryan Rotela also said he is still waiting for an apology and feels like he is owed one by someone at the college. FAU was also embroiled in controversy earlier this year when a professor questioned whether or not the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown actually occurred.

What do you think about the Jesus sign stomp assignment.

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15 Responses to “Florida College Student Told To Step On Jesus Sign”

  1. Amanda Griffin

    What kind of school is this, being suspended for voicing concern about a professors teaching method?

  2. Shelissa Griffin

    If I were him I would be applying to different schools right away.

  3. Alfredo Wilson

    Perhaps that's not really the reason he was suspended? Maybe he was suspended for making threatening statements. Maybe he was given official documentation that he could have shown the news if he really wanted to be honest and clear about the situation.

  4. Greg Primrose

    Maybe, but I'd think the school would say something to that effect. There response seems to suggest they know they are about to get destroyed in court.

  5. Joanna McGinn

    My goodness! Glad I got my degrees when I DID. I did have a nasty militant lesbian in the Sociology of Adolescence who ridiculed the three males in the class and absolutely held that ALL girls had been molested by their fathers. I wrote up a complaint and she was at least removed a CHAIR of the Sociology dept…. but then I was the oldest in the class and already had 2 degrees in psychology so I really didn't have anything to 'lose'….. but I will NOT stand by and have someone deliberately violate all teaching standards. It is a slam on my once-proud profession. Right now that self-absorbed Deandra Poole is just fortunate I wasn't in the room… now that I've retired and am a 'crabby senior citizen' I have the ability to yank her chain and make her sit down and listen. LOL would LOVE it..

  6. Lisa Wedman

    Sounds like this teacher would fit better as a teacher in the middle-east. This is America! Kudos to the student!

  7. Nic Wallin

    I guarantee if Mohammed was written on a piece of paper and stomped on it would have gotten more media attention.

  8. Anonymous

    Poole is obviously a black moron and a poor excuse for a human being.
    Fire the SOB.

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