Deandre Poole, the Florida professor who sparked controversy after telling his class to stomp on a piece of paper with “Jesus” written on it, has been put on leave for his own safety.
Poole, who is also vice chairman of the Palm Beach Democratic Party, was put on administrative leave by Florida Atlantic University, which said in a statement on Friday that “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,” Breitbart.com reports
“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,” the statement continues.
According to the Democratic committee's website, Poole is writing a book that will be titled, "Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero," to be published by the Edwin Mellon Press and he has been teaching at the university level for six years.
Poole also serves as a precinct captain for Precinct 7021 in West Palm Beach, as a club officer for the Together We Stand Democratic Club, and a member of the West Palm Beach Democratic Club, the committee's website said.
A student in Poole’s class, Ryan Rotela, complained to the school’s administration when members of the class on March 4 were told to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, put it on the floor and stomp on it. Rotela, a Mormon, refused.
Some reports said Rotela was suspended from the class, while FAU denied that any action was taken against the student.
“By suggesting that Poole is on leave for his own safety, the school manages to get rid of him while simultaneously making him the victim,” according to Breitbart.com.
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