| As beinging reported at rawstory.com, Florida middle school teacher faced disciplinary action after using the word "nigger" to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, WJHG's Kristy Wolski reported. |
The 7th grade teacher, Greg Howard, asked his students what "change" stood for in relation to the Obama campaign and proceeded to write out the acronym "come help a nigger get elected."
The school suspended Howard without pay for 10 days and removed him from his position at the school.
"That shouldn't happen," said Billy Delahunt, an Obama supporter. "Because they're there to learn, they're not there to discriminate."
Jackson County's Deputy School Superintendent confirmed that the teacher used the racial slur in class and that such actions would not be tolerated.
But school officials said Howard has been transferred to Jackson County Adult Education Program, where he will continue to teach.
Howard has also been removed from his position as football coach and may face further action from the Florida Department of Education.
This is not the first instance of racism in the presidential race.
A conservative convention in September included vendors selling "Obama Waffles" that featured a caricature of the candidate reminiscent of Aunt Jemima maple syrup.
During the Democratic primaries early this year, MSNBC analyst Keith Olbermann called an editorial by former Bush strategist Karl Rove attacking Obama "outright racist."