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Ala. Teacher Suspended for “Fat Butt Michelle Obama” Remark

by Krishana Davis
AFRO Staff Writers

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    First lady Michelle Obama smiles as she walks to the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21,2013. Photo/Molly Riley (AP Photo)

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An Alabama psychology teacher and head football coach faces a mandatory 10-day leave from his classroom at Lauderdale County High School after being suspended for making derogatory comments about First Lady Michelle Obama and homosexuals.

During an in-class debate on Jan. 27, Bob Grisham told students “fat butt Michelle Obama” was behind the 600-calorie lunches the Lauderdale County School System implemented.

“And look... look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight,” said Grisham in an audio recording taken by a student during the debate.

Lauderdale Superintendent Jennifer Gray told NBC News that “We are profoundly disappointed in the actions and statements of Mr. Grisham. The Board has taken actions specifically calculated to prevent such actions and statements from being made.”

Grisham’s suspension, which began Feb. 5, includes mandatory sensitivity training. Once Grisham returns to the school he will be barred from teaching duties for the remainder of year. Grisham will meet with the school system’s personnel director, Mark Butler, to ensure he is meeting all of his requirements.

“The board hopes that this will serve as a learning opportunity that all can move forward in a positive and productive manner,” Gray said in a statement.

Since entering the White House Michelle Obama’s “butt” has become the subject of conservatives in the media and government.

Senator Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) was overheard on his cellphone at Reagan National Airport stating “she lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.” Sensenbrenner later sent a note of apology to the first lady.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reportedly refers to the first lady as “Michelle, my butt,” during show segments.

Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity has received mixed reviews since it began in 2010. Starting on the same day President Barack Obama signed a memorandum creating the Task Force on Childhood Obesity, “Let’s Move’s” goal is to solve childhood obesity to ensure American's reach adulthood at a healthy weight.



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