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Illinois Teacher Suspended for Showing The Daily Show in Class
An Illinois teacher has been suspended for exposing his students to seemingly unsuitable satirical sketches from The Daily Show.
Rhett Felix, a first-year teacher at Eureka High School in Illinois, is coming under fire for showing his students three segments of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” The government and law teacher is reported to have shown the specific segments that made fun of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and allegations of his sexual harassment, writes Melissa Knowles at Yahoo News.
The segments from the fall season of the satirical news show, feature Stewart making multiple sexual euphemisms about the Godfather Pizza chain that Cain served as the chairman and CEO of from 1986 to 1996.
When parents became aware of what their kids were shown in the classroom, they began complaining about obscenities (albeit bleeped obscenities) and sexual content being shown. There was also disgruntlement saying that the situation illustrated the teacher’s perceived liberal bias.
Fleix had been teaching courses in government and law, current events and American cultural studies. He also has been co-sponsor of CAPTAINS, a service organization at the school, writes Jerry McDowell at the Pantagraph.
The Eureka-based District 140 school board held a two-hour executive session earlier this week to discuss the complaints against Felix.
At least two dozen residents attended the meeting, with four addressing the board during the public portion of the meeting. The discussion did not mention Felix by name as board President Teri Ehrenhardt admonished people not to use names of employees.
Among the detractors was Eureka Mayor Scott Punke, who criticized how District 140 had handled complaints received about Felix, who had not been suspended.
“I believe when a serious accusation or complaint has been made against any individual in the school district, that measures should have been taken to place the individual on administrative leave pending the investigation,” Punke said.
“That has not been done.”
School Superintendent Randy Crump suspended Felix the day after the meeting and announced that Felix would be assigned to a new teaching position once he returns.
One of the parents who spoke at the meeting, Thomas Enterline, called the content of the videos “deplorable” and said he “didn’t find any humor in what he saw.”
Felix, who is on paid leave, is expected to return to the classroom November 28.
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