After months of missteps, Florida Atlantic University finally got one right last week when it renewed Deandre Poole’s teaching contract and decided against expunging his “Step on Jesus” exercise from the curriculum.
FAU suspended Dr. Poole this spring, supposedly for his safety, after the instructor received death threats and hate mail for asking students to step on a piece of paper on which they had written “J-E-S-U-S.” The exercise, from an intercultural communications textbook, is designed to teach students the importance of symbols in culture. One student, Ryan Rotela, went to WPEC-Channel 12, complaining that he felt offended. FAU had suspended the student from Dr. Poole’s class after he allegedly threatened the instructor over the exercise.
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