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Florida Atlantic University Reinstates ‘Jesus Stomp’ Instructor

Remember the Florida Atlantic University instructor and high-ranking member of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party who told his students to take out a piece of paper, write “JESUS” on it, then put it on the floor and stomp on it?

He’s back.

The Palm Beach Post reports Florida Atlantic University re-hired Deandre Poole after placing him on paid leave. He’ll teach this summer and in the coming academic year, the school announced Friday.

Poole, who received threats after he led the classroom exercise, will only teach online classes through the end of 2013 because of security concerns, said Heather Coltman, the interim dean of FAU’s College of Arts and Letters. She said the school will decide in December whether to give Poole classroom assignments for the spring semester.

FAU hired a consultant to do an “external threat assessment” while it was considering whether to renew Poole’s $43,000 contract for 2013-14, Coltman said. Poole will also receive $5,000 to teach a summer class that begins Monday. …

One of Poole’s students complained about the exercise to a local TV station in March. FAU defended the activity at first. But when the story went viral on the Internet and drew national attention, the university reversed itself and apologized for the lesson and banned it from future classes.

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