Florida Atlantic U. punishes student who exposed “stomp on Jesus” assignment

Just two days ago, I did a follow-up on Trail Dust’s post about an instructor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Deandre J. Poole, who did a class assignment that required his students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper and then stomp on the paper.

pooleDeandre J. Poole (photo left)
Instructor, FAU
Email: dpoole3@fau.edu
PhD from Howard University
Areas of Specialization: Intercultural Communication, Leadership and Communication, Political Communication

Poole just happens also to be a local Democrat Party official — vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. The same Democratic Party the majority of whose delegates to last summer’s Democratic National Convention, in three successive voice votes, said no to including the word “God” in the party platform.

The anti-Christian outrage came to light only as a result of information provided by student Ryan Rotela, who had refused to participate in the class assignment and was punished by being suspended from the class.

Ryan RotelaRyan Rotela

Although the university at first had defended the class assignment, last Friday night (March 22), the university administration issued an apology: “We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.” Blah, blah, blah.

In the same statement of apology, FAU also states: “no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the university as a result of any activity that took place during this class.”

Now comes news that shows not only is the university not sorry, they also lied in their statement because Rotela has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News.

From Doug Giles of Clash Daily, March 25, 2013:

According to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”

“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, told Fox News the university’s behavior is “outlandish” and called their press release “inaccurate.”

“We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public,” Sasser said. “Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in – to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture.”

The Liberty Institute wants Rotela reinstated with full credit for the course – along with an apology.

Friends, let’s go to war!

Here’s contact info for Florida Atlantic University (FAU):

Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D.
President of FAU
Office of the President
Florida Atlantic University
Administration Bldg., Room 339
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
tel: 561.297.3450
fax: 561.297.2777
Email: president@fau.edu

FAU President & POSl to r: POS, Mary Jane Saunders, her husband

Rozalia WilliamsRozalia Williams, Ed.D (photo left)
Associate Dean of Students
Office: Liberal Arts, Rm. 109
tel: 954-236-1236
fax: 954-236-1234
Email: rcwillia@fau.edu

UPDATE (March 27):

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on the state university system chancellor to investigate the class assignment. “As we enter the week memorializing the events of Christ’s passion, this incident gave me great concern over the lessons we are teaching our students,” Scott wrote in the letter to Chancellor Frank Brogan. “The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom.”

Meanwhile, after student Ryan Rotela retained the legal services of the Liberty Institute, the university had a change of heart – profusely apologizing — again — and promising to clear his record. (Read more, here)

~Eowyn

30 responses to “Florida Atlantic U. punishes student who exposed “stomp on Jesus” assignment

  1. Just e-mailed them and I was rather tactful with it . I’m sure they will print it out and use it to stomp on !

  2. After a conversation with my daughter,I can say that this posting is 100% true. She did say that “if you want good grades, don’t wear a cross”. It’s the same every where I go around here she said and I have no reason to doubt her.

  3. There comes a time when enough is enough.

    If I were Mr. Rotela, I’d be flipping through a copy of Belligerent Barristers R Us and planning to sue this so-called institution of “higher learning” into abject poverty.

    I guarantee you that if his name were Akhmed and he had refused to stomp on a picture of Mohammed, this would not be happening.

    This is nothing less than an attempt to intimidate Mr. Rotela for no other reason than that he is a Christian.

    And I’ll be sending an email to that gaggle of gowned goons that calls itself a faculty once I calm down.

    -Dave

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for telling us about this tremendous injustice. This is horrible!

  5. The whole assignment was in very bad taste. Imagine the outrage if a professor had demanded the name of Obama or Martin Luther King be stamped upon.

    • Clearly Deandre Poole is an atheist making it his life’s purpose to getting God and Jesus out of everything. There may have been a class cirriculum behind him, but I’m sure he took great pleasure in making the students participate in this assignment. It was NOTHING but an attack on Christianity, plain and simple.

  6. Thanks so much for the phone number! I did go online yesterday, got a couple general numbers to the school, but I didn’t call. Then today, after seeing this update to the blog. I just couldn’t be complacent any longer. I did dial the number, ask to speak to Ms. Saunders and I was informed she was out of town and would be out of town for the next week or so. I told the secretary that I would call back. And, I hung up. But then the second I got off the phone, I decided to call the secretary back and leave a message for Ms. Saunders. I told her that the punishment of Ryan Rotela is unacceptable. She then told me that he has not been punished. He has not been expelled. I read the quote right off this website from Rozalia Williams. And the secretary told me that was not true. I asked her, why is this all over the internet and news then if it is not true. I told her, “I hope that you have some kind of a conscience and heart and remove all punishment from this student because he stood up for the Savior of the World!”
    I was polite and respectful, but I let her know that I was one of the MANY standing up for this student and standing up for JESUS!

  7. It’s the usual tactics then, accuse the student of harassment etc when he is the victim of all this. Saul Alinsky in his book Rules for Radicals (a handbook for subversives) states “make it personal”. They’re targeting Rotela so you’re right to go for named individuals in the FAU. These hypocrites need to have a light shone on them.

  8. I say we start a pool on exactly when these anti-Christian commie bigots are going to back off.

    Even a stoopid lib can see they are going to lose their asses in any litigation this may bring about.

    I hope they wind up having to sell the campus buildings just to eat.

    -Dave

  9. Unbelievable! We lost our freedom of speech long ago. This is so outrageous. I was around during WWII and it’s starting to look very familiar. God have mercy on this country. We need to pray for this courageous young man, too. I’m with Dave, he should sue the pants, shirt and belt off this den of hate.

  10. I just emailed the Pres. I said nicely…what , I can be nice when I want..OH wait I’ll paste it.
    “Dear Mrs. Saunders,
    I am very curious as to what is truly happening with student Rotela.
    I read He was asked to Step on Word Jesus. I read you said you were sorry.
    Now I read you are suspending him.
    I know there are always several sides so would you please clear up the confusion. It seems the statement after the indecent would have been it.
    So if it is continuing might I suggest to you who ever gave you that advice should be fired .. Because if you do proceed with this you have no idea of the can of worms you have just opened.
    Have you read any of the back story’s where it says “Attorneys” Are lining up “pro bono” for this case.
    You will be in court for years.
    Well good luck. Next lesson also include “Mohammad and Obama just to be fair. I’ll be seeing you guys in the papers for the rest of your career. Again who ever gave you the advice to proceed this way…Good job.
    Good luck, as you will need it.”
    Steve

    • LOL

      I can always count on you, Steve, to deal with these academic bullies! I still remember the College of Alameda incident from 2009. :D

      • That was funny listening to the guy choking for air.
        For those that don’t know it was some kind of incident like this and I dialed the number and the President of the College of Alameda answered the phone. I said I represented just a small group of Alumni of, I think I said 15 and we had a conference call that morning and decided we would be withholding our donations this year and if this was how things were run now we would be withholding into the near future..LOL

        • Isn’t it amazing that when you threaten to withhold donations these azz-wipes finally take their head out of their azz long enough to realize , GEE , WHAT’S THE PROBLEM ! WHERE DID WE GO WRONG ?

  11. UPDATE:

    Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on the state university system chancellor to investigate the class assignment. “As we enter the week memorializing the events of Christ’s passion, this incident gave me great concern over the lessons we are teaching our students,” Scott wrote in the letter to Chancellor Frank Brogan. “The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom.”

    Meanwhile, after student Ryan Rotela retained the legal services of the Liberty Institute, the university had a change of heart – profusely apologizing — again — and promising to clear his record.

    • I think it’s pretty safe to say that F.A.U.is in total c.y.a.mode .
      I wonder what would have happened if Ryan would have played along with the game and wrote Mohammed on the paper !

  12. Would it be wrong to hold the President of the University accountable for the actions of the “Deans”,”professors” etc. employed at their Institution? If Mary Jane Saunders allows this curriculum be taught in the classrooms then she should be Fired!!! If she claims to have known nothing about it until it was brought to her attention,then she should have fired Deander J. Poole and at the very least re-evaluate the Deans interpretation of The Students Code of Conduct.

  13. I laugh (sort of) every time I see something like this because these tenure infested, liberal politics riddled, brick and mortar institutions keep making themselves less and less relevant by their outlandish actions. The day is dawning on them as the internet and on-line learning will soon provide a liberal arts education at a better price without all the arrogant, obnoxious, personality centered bullsh… In fact, it already does. If good sense doesn’t do it then simple market forces will leave them behind like a scorched battlefield. Only those who are truly gifted at teaching a course will thrive in this new mode rather than the beneficiaries of quota’s, special treatment, or cronyism. Conservatives and Christians should let their feet do the talking.

  14. Deadre J. Poole appears to be a sullen ex con who is peddling hate. Is this what Harvard University produces? Sad, sad, sad . . . and one reason we like Hillsdale College . . . was the first college to implement non-discriminatory policies before the government thought of it!. Harvard feeds at the public trough as does Florida Atlantic University. Poole needs to be returned to his cell in sing sing, alcatraz or wherever irresponsible professors go . . . maybe the funny farm! I remember Timothy O’Leary promoting LSD use was also a Harvard University professor. If his brain was fried, do you think Harvard has improved any? From this crap I guess not.

    • Poole got his Ph.D. from Howard U., a historically black college, not Harvard.

      • Don’t forget that Howard U. also gave us the likes of Malik Shabazz . He used to be on the old Morton Downey jr show on WWOR perpetrating his b.s. of the white man is to blame for everything bad in the ghetto . Hell , he’s probably proud of that 17 yr. old in Savannah , Ga. …” Screwy Looie ” on steroids would be a good description of him .

  15. I have a child in college and I always ask him if his professors push their political agendas, he says they do not! If they did, I think I would have a real problem with that!

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