Skip to comments.FAU student says he was suspended for not 'stepping on Jesus'
Posted on 03/26/2013 1:10:28 PM PDT by grundle
DAVIE, Fla. -- A student at Florida Atlantic University's campus in Davie says he couldn't believe what he and his fellow students were asked to do by their instructor three weeks ago.
Ryan Rotela, a junior from Coral Springs at FAU, said what happened was an insult to his intelligence.
He said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class at FAU told everyone in the class to take out a piece of paper, write the word JESUS on it in bold letters, and then put the paper on the floor and stomp on it.
Ryan said while some of his classmates did it, he did not. He told the instructor, Dr. Deandre Poole, that he was offended by what he wanted him to do.
"Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value," said Ryan.
Ryan said he's a Mormon, goes to church every Sunday and considers himself a very religious person.
He said two days later, he went to Dr. Poole's supervisor, an associate professor at FAU to discuss his concerns. Ryan said since the incident, he has been suspended from the class.
FAU sent us a response by e-mail, saying, "Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate."
FAU says the instructor was doing a classroom exercise from a textbook entitled "Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition."
The school would not say if the teachers would face disciplinary action.
Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word *PROGRESSIVE*, it says that the word has no value.
Edited for truth.
Next week we stomp on a picture of Mohammad. Let’s see how that works out.
Why was he really suspended?
How many people go to college and do not complete an assignment, then are suspended?
This was an assignment, and he chose not to complete it, that does not warrant suspension, so again why was he really suspended?
He was suspended for his religious beliefs.
Is the lamestream media just realizing they need to report this?
I thing the internet made the story impossible to ignore- everyone was talking about it DESPITE no news coverage.
they are just at the back of the parade yelling “follow me”
There is a world of difference between teaching a student HOW to think and WHAT to think.
Or the word ‘Obama.’
This has already been resolved. Student NOT suspended or charged. Profuse apologies from the school, which will not allow this “lesson” to be taught ever again. Student is finishing the course with a different prof. Only bummer, the un-tenured prof still working.
IT’S OVER, according to a thread here earlier today.
I believe that this is “old news,” because the university has now apologized to the student for it’s actions.
Here’s the earlier thread;
How do conclude that?
He is a self professed mormon, and he was suspended for not completing an assingment.
There are dozens of self professed Christians, who do not complete assignments that are not suspended.
So why was he really suspended?
Meh - Obama? He’s nothing now. Even the Liberal press seems to be turning on him. All he can do now is go on vacations.
“Intercultural Communications”, a disguised name for multiculturalism, which is a desguised name for anti-Judeo-Christianism. They’re getting bolder by actually requiring the students to take part in blasphemy
Hmmm... seems to me there will be a movement that requires that you renounce Jesus or you won’t be able to participate in society.
The Fat Lady’s warming up, folks.
. . . and where might the ACLU be while all this is occurring?
This story is five days old (look at the date).
It is now outdated, as the University has relented under pressure and “un-suspended” the student.
Don’t know why the OP dredged it up, and posted two versions of the same old story in a row.
Sounds like he was suspended for being a jack a$$
I don’t know how you reached that conclusion from the article you posted.
Sounds like he was suspended for going to the teacher’s boss and raising a stink.
It sounds to me like they tried to punish him for loving Jesus and giving Him respect.
Our society one day will make it very painful to people who admit to being followers of Jesus.
Did you read it?
Let me see...I asked what in the article made you think the guy was a jerk (my word).
So, either I read it or you think I’m a moron.
Which is it?
Well, I didn’t actually ask, but the question was certainly implied.
Since the article explains the guys actions, suspended him but then rescind that ruling.
I say, you didn’t read it.
Since nothing in the article indicates anything about the student being a jerk. Since I stated I didn’t see anything to merit your characterization, since you deflected the question - I say you’re full of it!
Did YOU read it???
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Oh, good grief.
From the article:
The student, devout Mormon Ryan Rotela, now faces a litany of academic charges and may no longer attend class, reports Fox News Radio.
The allegations against the junior include acts of verbal, written or physical abuse; threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion; or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.
Rotelas attorney told Fox News that the professor, Deandre Poole (who is also the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Democratic Party), may have felt threatened when Rotela said of the Jesus stomping, Dont do that again.
Rotela also reportedly said, Youll be hearing from me.
The fact that the school laid a whole litany of generalized charges? Does that make him a “jack@$$”?
Or because Rotela said, “Don't do that again”?
Or because he said, “You'll be hearing from me.”?
Or maybe because he's Mormon? Or Christian? Or male? Or a student? or a junior?
From your earlier post, maybe it's because the school made allegations which they later withdrew - THAT makes him a jack@$$?
I am still left dumbfounded by your original post - exactly WHAT made you think he's a jack@$$? Or were you being sarcastic and implying that the school gave him the “jack@$$” punishment?
I am truly left puzzled, and your exasperation at my question leaves me more so.
Sounds like he was suspended for being a jack a$$
You, asked a question about something I did not say.
"Sounds like" is speculation, not a conclusion.
If it were a conclusion, I would have said: he was suspended for being a jack a$$.
OK, to humor you, what made you “speculate” that he was a jack@$$?
You are parsing words far too finely. Your usage of the term “sounds like” is more often meant to state a conclusion than to offer a topic for consideration.
NEVERTHELESS - you continue to evade the very simple question, which is not materially altered by your latest spin.
His behavior, as I quoted from the article clearly states.
Exactly WHAT did the quote clearly state about his behavior? (Not the allegations, but his behavior)
I don’t see it. So just quit evading the question and give a simple answer.
A simple answer would be in this format: He did _____________, and _____________, and ______________. Which makes me think he might be a jack@$$.
All you have to do is fill in one or more of the blanks.
You read the article, it states the charge.
Guessing you have read other articles, the charges were brought because of his behavior.
It is no skin off my nose if you do not think that he appears to be suspended for being a jack a$$, of course the suspension was reversed.
My original post (read back though the thread) was: why was he really suspended?
Last time is appears he was suspended for his behavior.
Maybe, you should think about something else, the school caved and he is back in class.
Oh, and I am not going to fill out your silly little form.
OK, I guess my hunch was sound. I didn’t jump to the conclusion, I let you prove it:
YOU are the jack@$$/