I suppose I should be shocked by this AP-Miami Herald story about a Florida middle school teacher who recently suspended by his school board, but I’m not.
MARIANNA, Fla. -- A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended after students said he used a racial epithet directed at presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Seventh-grade social studies teacher Greg Howard reportedly wrote the word CHANGE as an acronym on the board and wrote an expletive with the letter 'N.'
The phrase he wrote has alternately be reported as "Can You Help A (expletive) Get Elected" and "Come Help A (expletive) Get Elected."
The incident happened last Friday at Marianna Middle School.
The Jackson County School Board said Thursday that Howard has been suspended without pay for 10 days and will be transferred to the Jackson County Adult Education program. He is also required to submit a letter of apology to his students and attend diversity and sensitivity training.
Marianna is near Florida's border both with Alabama and Georgia.
A message left for a Greg Howard in Marianna, Fla., was not immediately returned.
I wonder if Mr. Howard’s kids were given tips on cross-burning earlier in the week in science class – y’know, to demonstrate how wood carbonizes when exposed to fire?
Thanks to Keith Olbermann for the sickening heads up.