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By Lisa Singleton-Rickman
(The TimesDaily)

Lauderdale County High School head football coach Bob Grisham has been suspended for 10 days without pay for making anti-gay comments and derogatory comments about first lady Michelle Obama during a class last week.

School board members spent less than 30 minutes in executive session before making the announcement.

In addition to the suspension, which begins today, Grisham cannot teach his fifth period psychology class for the remainder of the school year.

He will be assigned other academic duties during that time, according to Lauderdale County Superintendent Jennifer Gray. She said Grisham will be required to meet monthly with the school system’s personnel director, Mark Butler, for accountability purposes. He must also attend sensitivity training.

A student taped Grisham’s class discussion on Jan. 27 in which he referred to the first lady as “fat butt Michelle Obama” He also voiced his dislike for gays, stating: “I don’t believe in queers. I don’t like queers. I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God.”

 

Jerry Fulmer and Chad Holden go over details with superintendent Jennifer Gray after a motion was carried to suspend a teacher at a Lauderdale County School Board meeting in Florence on Monday night.

Jerry Fulmer and Chad Holden go over details with superintendent Jennifer Gray after a motion was carried to suspend a teacher at a Lauderdale County School Board meeting in Florence on Monday night.

Grisham said last week the comments were made in a debate-type situation and that he misspoke. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

School officials declined comment after making the announcement. Gray, however, released a written statement stating that she and the board were “profoundly disappointed in the actions and statements of Mr. Grisham” and that “the board has taken actions specifically calculated to prevent such actions and statements from being made again.”

Dozens of people attended the school board’s called meeting Monday, most of whom appeared to be Grisham supporters.

Board member Dan Beavers voted against Gray’s recommendation and said he was angered that Board Chairman, Chad Holden didn’t call for discussion to give him an opportunity to explain why he voted against the recommendation.

“I thought five days without pay was all he should get,” Beavers said after the meeting adjourned.

“I didn’t agree with the 10 days. I agreed with the other parts of (Grisham’s) punishment.”

Holden did not allow public comment during the meeting.

Grisham’s suspension concludes Feb. 19. He must attend sensitivity training on Feb. 18, 20, 21 and 22.

Brad Tipper attended the meeting and said the situation involving Grisham has been “blown out of proportion.”

“Bob Grisham is a good Christian man,” he said. “If we had more teachers like him, we wouldn’t have a lot of the problems that exist today.”

Tipper said the punishment was too harsh.

Ricky Hamm shared those sentiments.

“I don’t agree with kids getting to take cellphones in class,” Hamm said. “This should never have happened.”

Ralph Young, a member of Equality Alabama, a civil rights organization that speaks out on gay rights, said Monday’s decision sends a mixed signal to gay and lesbian students in Lauderdale County.

“All students should feel safe, welcomed and able to learn,” Young said. “I don’t think (these students’) concerns were addressed today.”

Lisa Singleton-Rickman can be reached at 256-740-5735 or lisa.singleton-rickman@TimesDaily.com

 
 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Dunn/1428143282 Kevin Dunn

    ass not very nice, butt I guess he had it coming for his cheeky remarks about Queen Rumproast. Damn she’s a mess and ugly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.w.taunton Dustin W. Taunton

      Hell yeah!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677365296 Nina Hoover

    It has come to the point that ANYTHING we say is a racist comment. So what are they going to do? Put the entire country into sensitivity training. Goodbye free speech.

    • refurb001

      Exactly the communist’s plan. Keep up these petty actions and limit what we can say or even think. Next any facial expressions will enter into discussion. Private schools are looking better every day. Then those teachers or board members will be on the unemployment line.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.w.taunton Dustin W. Taunton

      I would flunk sensitivity training….horribly.

  • http://twitter.com/Pebbles78623 Laura Chamberlain

    Nina that’s Goodbye free speech, but only to those who aren’t liberals and don’t agree with the Current administration.

  • tundra

    Well, damn,….guess I gotta go to “sensitivity training” too. It’s REALLY BIG.

    • refurb001

      They make wide body jets for her!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.w.taunton Dustin W. Taunton

        and one for the family dog too

  • lschulte

    This is more serious than it sounds. Go read whatever you can about what went on in Germany in the early to mid 1900’s. The silencing of the people went on for many years before the really bad stuff started. It scares me that so many don’t know or don’t remember how things progressed there and how long it took.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.miller.5070 Doug Miller

    So much for free speech.

    • refurb001

      Next election time they will want to make Odumbo King of the States of America. No more FREE elections.

      • MalikTous

        Not on my vote! He WILL be undermined!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=626590520 Pam Dixon

    Sensitivity training? Another term for sissies getting their feelings hurt. Dr. Carson was right. PC is ruining this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1436521686 Brad Hanson

    I guartantee you, if he was bashing christians or conservatives, he would’ve got a pass.

  • ruffianjr

    Her name isnt Mooooochele for nothing! lol The coach is my hero!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.medeiros.7330 Carol Medeiros

    Not sure if the disciplinary action is appropriate, but he shouldn’t make comments about any woman or man’s appearance…. his personal views are his, he is there to teach district materials….

  • Kevin L. Maloney

    ” WITH ALL NEGATIVITY OF GEORGE BUSH FOR 8 YEARS, I DON’T REMEMBER ANYONE WAS CALLED OUT FOR IT OR FORCED TO ” SENSITIVITY CLASSES “, BOY THERE WAY TOO MUCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND CENSORSHIP OF THE 1st AMENDMENT SINCE THIS HALF WHITE GOT ILLEGALLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, YES ” !!!…

    • refurb001

      You can blame the demoncrap’s and their attitude as well.

      • MalikTous

        Political CORRUPTNESS stinks!

  • delahaya

    I can’t even count have many liberal teachers and professors I’ve had say waaay worse than this with impunity. This forced “sensitivity training” stuff is creepy and getting out of hand. Can’t help but think of the “re-education camps” in the USSR, etc.

    • LittleRoot_48

      This is how re-education camps get started, one little sensitivity training session at a time.

      • gotroy22

        At least he didn’t call her The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

        • MalikTous

          That movie is much funnier than Moochelle, and the Creature looked more attractive!

  • disqus_m6nwqKisFN

    You can now be recorded without your knowledge, and it stand up in court??I’m pretty old fashion, so let me know..

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.terrell.7 Brett Terrell

      This wasn’t a court, it was a school board meeting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.terrell.7 Brett Terrell

    This guy teaches psychology? The comments sound more like something you would hear from a junior high student. The board has a right to expect a certain level of maturity more from their teachers.

    • refurb001

      Let the board teach the class for a week or two and see if they have a different perspective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Toni-Ryan/1739404554 Toni Ryan

    Why do these kids have their cell phones in class? At my daughters school, they are to remain in your locker. If you are caught with it in class, it is taken away from you until the end of the day.

    • refurb001

      The parent should be made to come to school to retrieve the phone. NO toys in class!

      • MalikTous

        If it includes a calculator or its Internet access can augment the class, I’ve no problem with the student using those functions. I also don’t mind letting junior fire department or police auxiliary member students carry one that vibrates and lets them answer emergency calls only while in class.

        I certainly liked having my (1960s into 1970s) calculator (a Pickett log-log slipstick) in math class…

  • Overdreamer

    Kool aid drinkers!!So much for ” Freedom of Speech”

  • 914

    She does have a big caboose. Find a different line of work and get away from the nansy pansy liberals.

  • Dave

    punished for telling the truth? so much for politically correct. this is BS…. i totally agree with what Bob Grisham said in class.
    And what the heck are students doing in class with cell phones on? certainly NOT listening to the instructors….

    • refurb001

      Cell phones should NOT be allowed in the classroom. Too much of a distraction. The kids are there to learn, not wait for phone calls.

      • MalikTous

        Kids in the junior fire department or police auxiliary club should get an authorisation pass to carry a cell phone set to ‘vibrate’ so they can answer fire/rescue/police calls, and that cell phone should be also set so that other calls are not signalled while in class. All other students should shut their cellphones off or silence the ringer, and only be allowed to use those Internet or calculator functions pertinent to the class while in class. Having them leave the phone in their locker is appropriate.

  • Dave

    butt — she does have a BIG ass!

    • WellNowDear

      Big asses can be any race. You would have to be blind not to notice her big ass. Whoops, I made a boo, boo. I wasn’t sensitive enough to the vision impaired (blind for those of you who aren’t PC).

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.a.silver Bruce A Silver

    So you can lose your job if you say something unflattering about Michelle Obama. What he said may not have been nice, but this is the United States of America. Oh and by the way she does have a big butt.

    • MalikTous

      I wouldn’t want such a job; I’d quit and go work for FOX news!

  • LadyBlaze

    Maybe she should start taking the same advice on diet and exercise programs that she expects everyone in the country to use to fight obesity.

  • Traveller62

    Boy, does she EVER have a big butt!!!!!

    • MalikTous

      Have a big butt? She IS a big butt!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.fannin.blingbling Shannon Fannin

    I think I would have gotten more out of this if the headline indicated he was suspended for his “anti-gay” comments. I agree with 10 days and training for those comments. Because at the end of the day, she does have a big ass.

  • LHTwist

    Did anyone disprove anything that he said or are they just reacting because it might have made someone uncomfortable?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenni.lowrysisk Jenni Lowry Sisk

    Have you even thought about how this might make a girl in his classroom feel? Perhaps she might think she has a big booty. If the first lady isn’t safe from sexual harassment…are any women? Is this the message we want our teachers to spew out to our daughters????

    • DocJimmy

      How can stating an obvious (in your face) fact be considered sexual harassment? It would seem that if any man says any thing about any woman, publicly or otherwise, you and women like you will call it sexual harASSment. There IS no sexual harassment, either stated or implied here – get over yourself and go to the gym…

    • MalikTous

      If we had a First LADY instead of a first whore, it might be questionable!

  • Richard Weber

    So he was wrong saying that she does have a big butt or was it because she has a big butt?

    • jorland428

      She does have a big butt, but it is not nice to say it out
      loud.

      • refurb001

        You can’t speak the truth out loud? Is that what you said? Or is it not politically correct.

        • MalikTous

          MOO! Should have let Moochelle kick over a lamp while they lived in Chicago.

  • John Reeves

    What if he is telling the truth should he not be able to spaek the truth? I don’t see anything wrong with the truth. Do you or is that just another freedom that we have to kiss goodbye? So what if he said that she had a big booty so what I don’t look that close so I don’t care. Perhaps we need to be reminded sticks and stones can break my bones but words well you get the boo tee prize

  • WellNowDear

    Ms Moo has a but like a corn fed mule. What a but she has.

    • MalikTous

      Who was that rap artist who did the ‘Big Butts’ song? Mixalot? Wish he’d do an illegal immigration chant aimed at BHO!

  • Ron Powell

    My kind of coach. He should have been promoted. Isn’t freedom of speech allowed any more or is that just for the liberals?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.w.taunton Dustin W. Taunton

    Maybe they should play “Fat Bottom Girls” written by a gay man. Wouldnt that be appropriate for the situation?

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.miller.5070 Doug Miller

    To bad you get in trouble for telling the truth.

  • LittleRoot_48

    Too bad. If he had required girls in class to kiss other girls or taught boys how to identify sluts, he’d never have gotten in trouble. I comment on her caboose all the time. Thank the Lord, I’m retired. The school can suspend him until Jesus returns. It won’t change the fact that the FLOTUS has a big backside.

    • gotroy22

      And is ugly as sin.

      • MalikTous

        She reminds me of those pigs in the ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ movie.

  • Spenserr

    Its anti-homosexual, not anti-gay. I’m anti-Homosexuality not anti-gay, people with homosexuality have a
    disorder and need professional mental help. No hate or bigotry,
    homosexuals aren’t a race of people.

  • Spenserr

    Why does he have to be sensitive to perverts and perversion?

  • MalikTous

    I would have made him take a simple course on tolerance, intended to get him to acknowledge that adult consensual sex in privacy is not his or anyone else’s business unless they are participants; I would have complimented him on his true statements about Moochelle. Other than that I’d not have done anything against him. I would have declared the school grounds off limits to filth like Moochelle and Hitlery and Pelosi and Feinstein.

    As it is now, I’d advise him to quit the school district and leave Alabama for more viable teaching opportunities. His telling the truth about Moochelle is perfectly acceptable!

  • MalikTous

    Cue up Wall of Voodoo/Stan Ridgway ‘Pick It Up…’
    ‘A signal smokes, and the lights turn off,
    And a missing man begins to cough,
    And no one knows the lost ones from the found,
    And Lady Luck, well, she can’t explain
    To a hard-earned coin or a bill, the game,
    It seems everything changes hands when it hits the ground!

    They said it’s dog eat dog, and cat eat mouse,
    And mouse eat cheese, the cheese just smells.
    The warning systems ring but help won’t come.
    And all the calling cards and the walking sticks
    And the hidden punches and the coward’s kicks
    Say we got a big mouthful now!

    Pick it up and put it in your pocket
    Or somebody else will!
    Pick it up and put it in your pocket
    Or somebody else just will…’