University Puts 'Stomp on Jesus' Professor on Administrative Leave
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2013 Apr 01
A Florida university has put a professor who told his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and stomp on it on administrative leave, the Christian Post reports. Florida Atlantic University announced Friday that Dr. Deandre Poole, the professor at the center of the controversy, was placed on leave 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," the university said in a statement. "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." Last month, it was reported that FAU junior Ryan Rotela was suspended for refusing to participate in the assignment from a class textbook titled Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, though the university maintained no student was ever suspended over the incident. In its statement last week, FAU also apologized and promised that such a class exercise would never be performed again.