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article imageAlabama teacher suspended for 'fat butt Michelle Obama' rant

By Yukio Strachan     Feb 5, 2013 in Lifestyle
Rogersville - An Alabama high school teacher has been removed from his psychology teaching position effective Tuesday after his offensive rant calling the First Lady “fatt butt Michelle Obama” to a class of students went viral.
The Lauderdale County School Board voted to suspend Lauderdale County High School teacher Bob Grisham from his job Monday afternoon, WAAY-31 writes.
Grisham's suspension without pay for 10 days began on Tuesday; he has been removed from his position teaching fifth period psychology. Also the school's head football coach, he will be assigned "other academic duties" for the rest of the year in place of teaching his class, according to Lauderdale County Superintendent Jennifer Gray, 11 Alive reported.
Gray said the school board is “profoundly disappointed in the actions and statements of Mr. Grisham,” and that the suspension was and “specifically calculated to prevent such actions and statements from being made again.”
Grisham will also have to attend sensitivity training for four days.
Grisham ran into trouble during a debate-type discussion about current affairs in his class on Jan. 27. Grisham blamed the school's low-calorie lunch offerings on "fat butt Michelle Obama.'' He also added, "Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She's overweight.''
In that same class, he also voiced his disdain for homosexuals.
"I don't believe in queers,'' he said. "I don't like queers. I don't hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God."
But during that discussion, an unidentified student in the classroom taped his remarks and sent the recording to Alabama's WAAY-31 and the TimesDaily.
After going viral online, Grisham told Alabama's Times Daily last week that he misspoke during the debate in his class.
This isn't the first time racially hostile and sexist comments about the First Lady's sculpted physique, 11Alive writes. Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host, has called her Michelle "My Butt'' Obama, and Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was heard saying "she lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself."
The Atlantic also ran a story in December 2011 titled, "Why Fat Conservatives Love Calling Michelle Obama Fat" in which it labeled calling the First Lady fat one of the right wing's "top political memes.''
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