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Florida Atlantic University Reinstates "Jesus Stomp" Instructor

Deandre Poole will return to Florida Atlantic University after being placed on administrative leave.

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    Florida Atlantic University has reinstated an instructor who had students stomp on pieces of paper with "Jesus" written on them as part of a lesson.

    The school announced Friday that 32-year-old Deandre Poole would return to teach summer classes, as well as the next academic year. The Palm Beach Post reports that he will only teach online through the rest of 2013 because of safety concerns. Officials said in March that he would be placed on paid administrative leave for safety reasons and to prevent disruption of the university's activities.

    "Jesus" Stomping Incident Draws Florida Governor Rick Scott's Ire

    [NATL-V-MI] "Jesus" Stomping Incident Draws Florida Governor Rick Scott's Ire
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott waded into a religious-infused campus controversy Tuesday, asking the state university system chancellor to look into a classroom lesson at Florida Atlantic University in which students were instructed to stomp on sheets of paper that had "Jesus" written on them. Rev. Mark Boykin and attorney Hiram Sasser comment. (Published Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013)

    News of the lesson earlier this year provoked a strong reaction, including a request by Gov. Rick Scott that university officials investigate.

    Poole has previously explained that the point of the lesson was to show the power of words, not denigrate Christianity.

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