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Alabama high school coach suspended following anti-gay classroom rant

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ROGERSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama public school high teacher and football coach who was secretly recorded in a classroom setting making derogatory comments about gays and First Lady Michelle Obama, has been suspended.

Bob Grisham, the head football coach at Lauderdale County High School, who also teaches psychology and driver’s education teacher, was suspended for 10 days without pay.

Bob Grisham
via Times Daily

The incident centers around a classroom discussion where Grisham asked students if they knew who is behind the 600-calorie school lunch.

“Fat butt Michelle Obama,” said Grisham. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”

Later in the tape, Grisham referred to the U.S. as going in the “wrong direction” and tells the students, “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.”

The Lauderdale County School District Board meeting, in an executive session Monday, voted to suspend Grisham and will require him to attend sensitivity training and meet with the assistant superintendent of schools once a month. The board has also removed him from his 5th period psychology class, and he will be given a different assignment.

“I think he should be suspended more days than they gave him because we all have thoughts and thinking in our mind but don’t say it out loud to kids,” one parent, Christine Perkins, told WAFF-TV after the vote.

Another parent, Lee Barclay, said the punishment “was fair.”

“He’s a good Christian man, he just misspoke that day,” said Barclay.

Board members would not comment on the incident, but did release a statement saying they were disappointed in the actions and statements of Grisham.

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37 more reader comments:

  1. should have been fired.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:15am
  2. Spread the hate. You are part of the problem, not the cure. As someone dealing with children you should know better and be ashamed.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:16am
  3. Fire the dumbass! e

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:17am
  4. Fire him.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:18am
  5. People should be judged by their character not their frigging sexual orientation. Way to go “coach”.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:18am
  6. “He’s a good Christian man, he just misspoke that day,”
    Yea…definitely a good “christian” *sigh*

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:20am
  7. oh he will get off..it is sad that there are people like him influencing the younger generations.. Sad indeed

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:20am
  8. It must be tough to live in a state that, on the one hand just passed the most stringent anti-abortion bill in the country, attacks people of color on a regular basis and has no difficulty going off on a rant about gay people, and, on the other hand actually does something about it, every now and then.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:21am
  9. Suspended? After planting all those hate seeds in the young minds entrusted to him? Unacceptable. He should be fired & schooled in tolerance before being allowed to coach or teach again.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:21am
  10. He may be a good Christian, but he’s a bad person, and a worse teacher. FIRE HIS ASS!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:21am
  11. “He’s a good Christian man, he just misspoke that day,” My butt! He is a racist and a homophobe. Period. He hides behind his Bible and picks and chooses what he wants to “defend” in it. Irony #1- Levictus says dont shave the hair on the sides of your head. This is why the South still lags behind…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:21am
  12. Fire him!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:21am
  13. coaches, teachers, principals etc- if ALL children don’t feel safe in these everyday situations with these people- how are they to survive and thrive as individuals daily and know ‘it gets better’- there should be 0 tolerance for any type of bullying in every school across this country! Bigoted teachers, etc should leave their personal issues at home- and be made to take classes on anti-bullying- Nationwide.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:22am
  14. The classroom and field are not where the teachers should be sharing their views like these. People are fully entitled to their opinions, right or wrong, but they are not entitled to share those views whenever and wherever they want.

    I also want to know why it’s always important to add “He’s a good Christian man…” This is something that reporters feel is important enough to add to their stories. Yes, I know that it was a quote. No, it didn’t have to be included.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:22am
  15. GOOD!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:23am
  16. I don’t understand why “good christians” cannot comprehend that their actions belie everything they supposedly stand for…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:27am
  17. I think it should be more than a suspension, what so he can go back to work and continue to disparage populations and dispense his beliefs when and where he wants???

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:28am
  18. What a joke. Suspended. Alabama just made a statement that they do not care if hate is taught in their schools.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:35am
  19. suspended? he should be fired…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:39am
  20. WHAT’S IT TO HIM? HE IS NOT EVEN SEXY, WHATTA AN ASSHOLE!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:41am
  21. this is the type of teacher that pushes kids to hang themselves from school yard fences. school needs to, must be, the one place where a emotional disturb student can find someone to help

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:48am
  22. suspended? Should be fired!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:49am
  23. “a good Christian man”…..spreading HATE! geez what a great Christian man he is…blah blah blah

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:57am
  24. If he had made the same comments about people of a different race or religion he would have been fired.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:57am
  25. “Misspoke” my ass! I am a good atheist woman and I would never talk like that about MO or gays.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:02am
  26. Especially in front of kids, regardless of his beliefs.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:03am
  27. As a teacher , very wrong.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:03am
  28. He should have been fired, but I guess it’s better than nothing. At least now his students can call him obese and a cracker and teach him that Gods are mythological beings that do not exist.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:05am
  29. He wasn’t promoted??!! Maybe they are making headway in “Bama”.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:08am
  30. Being from Alabama and for gay people, this seems a bit absurd. Kid’s can make their own decisions, school is a joke anyways. Taking the psychology “coach” too seriously, is a bit seriously fucking retarded. Ignore him. He’s trash. He will not be on the right side of history. The end.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:17am
  31. Theses Bigots are always the ones behind the scene getting their rocks off!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:22am
  32. Now go show your hatred to the straight folks who suspended you fool

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:32am
  33. These people are as bad as him! “We are all thinking it” “good Christian man” that’s a load of crap. He should have been fired. I dot understand how the parents of those children could stand for such non sense.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:17am
  34. I am from there and I would be really suprised if he gets fired. When I came out in the 90s I had ppl calling me queer,dyke,fag etc that I didnt even know. I was also fired from a job because of my sexulaity. Called a lawyer and was told that all my boss had to do was say that I was fired for insuboranation and that I would not find a sympathetic jury in Florence Alabama. So good luck guys

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:23am
  35. Misspoke “that day” My Ass. A “good Christian”. My ASS , That is not Christian AT ALL. He just vented his mind not knowing that he was recorded. There is no room for bigots in a school classroom.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:28am
  36. Nope but you can bet that there sure are plenty of them in classrooms in that area. Rogersville,Alabama is only about 15 miles from Pulaski,Tn the birth place of the Klu Klux Klan.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:31am
  37. I know atheists who are better Christian then this dumbass!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:50am