A downstate teacher has been suspended after showing segments of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in his class.
Rhett Felix, a first-year government and law teacher, was suspended for six school days and will return on Nov. 28, Eureka High School Superintendent Randy Crump told the Tribune on Wednesday. Crump declined to confirm the reason for the suspension, other than to say Felix had violated school policy.
Mayor Scott Punke, a lifelong Eureka resident and uncle of a student in Felix’s class, said he joined parents who complained to the school after the students were shown segments from “The Daily Show” starring Jon Stewart.
“I did, because of the language and the sexual overtones that were included in the show that were being shown to sophomores in high school,” Punke said. “Many of the children don’t even have TVs in their houses because of religious beliefs.”
The three segments shown dealt with the sexual harassment allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and with the issue of health insurance discounts for exercising, Punke said.
“We’re a very conservative community here in the city of Eureka,” Punke said of the town about 30 miles northwest of Bloomington. “Certainly politics are playing a part, but my main concern is they are showing inappropriate material with language and dealing with sex to minors in a school setting.”
The school board listened to parents and held a two-hour executive session during a meeting Monday night. Then Crump suspended Felix and said he will be reassigned.
“We don’t know what his teaching assignment may be,” Crump said, adding that Felix also teaches some social studies classes but may be relieved of those as well. “The final decision hasn’t been made.”
Felix did not return a call to the Tribune on Wednesday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun