It took Florida Atlantic University administrators four months to conclude what should have taken days: banning the “step on Jesus” classroom exercise was not a good idea. Blame Gov. Rick Scott and his supposed concern for religious freedom for the long delay.
In March, FAU students Ryan Rotela went to WPEC-Channel 12 after the university suspended him for allegedly threatening communications instructor Deandre Poole, who had asked students to step on a piece of paper with the letters J-E-S-U-S. The exercise, designed to teach students the importance of symbols in culture, was not mandatory. In fact, Dr. Poole said most students refused to participate, as expected.
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