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BOCA RATON, Florida (WPTV) — A campaign to get Florida Atlantic University professor Deandre Poole fired is growing.
From Florida to California, the call is for Poole to be dismissed over a controversial class assignment, many call shameful and insensitive.
Poole asked students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, put it on the floor and step on it.
On the petition one person writes, “Florida Atlantic University needs a good house cleaning. Starting, but not ending, with firing Deandre Poole.”
Church of All Nations Pastor Mark Boykin is one of the most outspoken.
“They wouldn’t have done that to Abraham Lincoln. This is absolutely absurd, he should be fired,” says Rev. Boykin.
School officials will not discuss what, if any, action will be taken against Poole, claiming it’s a personnel matter.
But Florida Governor Rick Scott is demanding answers on how it was handled by school leaders.
In a letter to Chancellor Frank Brogan, Scott writes, “The professor’s lesson was offensive ensure this type of ‘lesson’ will not occur again.”
Although they disagree with the lesson, several students at FAU’s Boca Raton campus feel firing Poole would be too harsh.
“They could talk to him about how he will conduct his class in the future and probably skip that lesson altogether. But he shouldn’t lost his job over it, it was just bad teaching on his part,” says FAU student Sergei Ianachi.
“I’m pretty sure it’s a little extreme to fire him,” says FAU student Jake Dutkiewicz.
The Church of All Nations plans to hold a march from their church to FAU in response to the incident.