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Alabama high school coach suspended following anti-gay classroom rant

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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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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