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Alabama Teacher Who Called Gays 'an Abomination Against God' Has Been Suspended

Bob Grisham, the Lauderdale County High School football coach and psychology teacher recorded by a student last week as he spewed anti-gay slurs, has been suspended, WAFF reports.

Grishamhe Times Daily reported last week:

The investigation includes a 1-minute, 24-second audiotape of Grisham asking who knows who is behind the 600-calorie school lunch. “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” he said. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”

Male voices interject comments during the discussion, at one point referring to Michelle Obama as a “fat gorilla.”

Later in the tape, Grisham referred to the U.S. as going in the “wrong direction” and tells the students they can “get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, call the superintendent and tell her. I don’t believe in queers. I don’t like queers, I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God.” The tape was reportedly recorded by a student Monday and took place on school campus during the school day.

Grisham, who said he "misspoke" and did not have hatred toward anyone, was suspended without pay following a 4 pm meeting by the school board today.

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  1. how does a guy like this get to teach PSYCH?!

    suspended? he should be stripped of his teaching positions.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 4, 2013 6:10:37 PM

  2. Due process first Kiwi.

    Posted by: THE REAL MIKE | Feb 4, 2013 6:11:55 PM

  3. They always say they "mispoke" when they are caught. I am glad the younger generation is more open-minded then some of these morons.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Feb 4, 2013 6:15:32 PM

  4. He was in violation of multiple principles of the Alabama Educators Code of Ethics when making this tirade. Someone needs to file an ethics violation against him and see if he can defend his statements in a public hearing.

    Posted by: ***** | Feb 4, 2013 6:16:43 PM

  5. He'll be asked by NOM to speak in their ads saying he was fired for loving Jesus and speaking from his "deeply held religious belief" and see how the awful Homosexuals are suppressing religious freedom. I've had it with this bigotry high jacking the teachings of Jesus. Call these bigots out.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Feb 4, 2013 6:19:15 PM

  6. Well--he certainly did misspeak--I'll give him that. And the appropriate treatment for such "misspeech" is a brain enema.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 4, 2013 6:20:17 PM

  7. He's a psychology teacher!?! Good grief...

    Posted by: danswon | Feb 4, 2013 6:31:59 PM

  8. Which comments got him suspended? The ones about Michelle Obama, or the ones about his hatred of gay people? In Alabama? Just sayin' I don't think there's much of a victory here.

    Posted by: Keppler | Feb 4, 2013 6:35:47 PM

  9. If he had said the same hateful nonsense about Jews or Blacks or Christians, he would have been fired. Period.

    It's really appalling that he could end up teaching again filling young mindseith backwards hate.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Feb 4, 2013 6:37:16 PM

  10. He is the face of incitement to hatred; he is the inciter of bullies; he believes that bullying any kid perceived to be gay or different or non-jock is the right way to grow "manly" kids.
    He is responsible for the heart break of young kids......who think they are not normal, or not accepted, or freaks.....who are bullied into suicide.

    My God, this Neanderthal is allowed run around a school and is called a coach or a teacher. Are the authorities of this school mad ?
    He is the very epitome of bullet headed jock ignorance.
    Suspending him is too easy; fire the phucker.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 4, 2013 6:43:30 PM

  11. We all need so desperately to unite and speak with one voice of tits like this.
    We need to actively pursue the vicious bile these pri*ks vomit.

    And most important we need to continually to get the message out to school kids that they must give themselves a chance to grow strong.

    Every school kid in any danger needs to know that he/she must give themselves a chance to grow strong.
    That's a more personal, self helping message than the assurance 'it gets better'.

    At least that's my opinion.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 4, 2013 6:49:58 PM

  12. Makes me hot when he calls me an 'abomination'. uhhhnnnnnn......

    Posted by: kodiak | Feb 4, 2013 7:21:15 PM

  13. The sad thing is that Bob Grisham is quite handsome and would probably be a good lay. Homophobic hunks usually are.


    Posted by: jason | Feb 4, 2013 7:27:03 PM

  14. Free speech does not mean you can say whatever you want without consequences.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 4, 2013 7:33:18 PM

  15. The unspoken part of this story is that Coach Grisham is resentful of the fact that the superintendent is a somewhat younger woman,and he (both as a "good christian" and as a good "traditional values" male chauvinist) is resentful of the fact that a woman leads the district. He alludes to this dissatisfaction when he says on the tape that 'You can go tell the superintendent', with a hint of an undertone of insubordination. THAT is why the punishment was as harsh as it was.

    Posted by: Vira | Feb 4, 2013 7:38:33 PM

  16. the most egregious thing about this is they let him teach psychology to teenagers! doesn't the curriculum follow APA guidelines? what qualifies him to teach psychology?

    Posted by: mike/ | Feb 4, 2013 7:39:08 PM

  17. What a warped notion his supporters have of what a "good Christian man" is. I have read a number of comments from supporters who testify to what a father figure Grisham became to them after the death of their own father. More than a little whiff of Sandusky to it, if you ask me.

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 4, 2013 7:39:10 PM

  18. well, he DID say that the students could complain about him to the principal....

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 4, 2013 7:46:26 PM

  19. I had a coach/drivers ed teacher in high school that was mr macho. He was calling roll and made a comment that my first name sounded like a fag name. I didnt call him out on it, but kind of wish I had. Surprising though coming from someone named Sydney (Syd). Good for the kids taking this guy to the authorities.

    Posted by: uflyguy | Feb 4, 2013 7:57:30 PM

  20. Well, good for the smarter people in Alabama!

    I wasn't betting on a suspension, though one was certainly morally appropriate...

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 4, 2013 8:08:32 PM

  21. Why was he whining about 600 calorie lunches in the first place? That sounds like plenty of calories to me.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 4, 2013 8:15:19 PM

  22. It's interesting that he's a Psychology teacher yet doesn't seem to know anything about psychological defense mechanisms like repression, denial, projection, and displacement.

    If he did he might have to ask if there is an underlying reason why his whole life has been about winning approval from other men and admiring physical prowess in other men. He has to hate "queers" because if he didn't he might have to admit that maybe he feels something more than just admiration for other men.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 4, 2013 8:36:18 PM

  23. Good call by the school board. Now I hope that they get the guy some proper education before turning him loose on the students again. Specifically, the Board of Psychology in Alabama needs to supervise him before he teaches another class.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Feb 4, 2013 8:54:46 PM

  24. Why was this "straight guy" guessing Michele Obama's weight and dress size?

    Posted by: mvecera | Feb 4, 2013 9:10:11 PM

  25. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea that he's going to get in trouble for doing this. It's Alabama, for goodness sakes.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 4, 2013 9:22:03 PM

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