A South Florida professor who made national headlines for a “stomp on Jesus” assignment is running for political office.
Deandre Poole, 32, is running in the 2020 election to become Palm Beach County supervisor of elections, a position held by Susan Bucher, who was suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis and then resigned after drawing national scrutiny in 2018 for failing to report election results on time, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Poole got national attention of his own. In 2013, the politics and communications professor at Florida Atlantic University was under fire for a class assignment that brought on a university investigation and concern from then-Gov. Rick Scott.
The professor asked students to write J-E-S-U-S on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and then step on it. The exercise, which was recommended in an FAU textbook, was supposed to be a lesson on the impact of words and symbolism.
At the time, he was the vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. He was placed on paid leave for security reasons.
Poole told Fox News the assignment came from another professor and has been done by many professors at various universities around the nation.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Caleb Parke