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Northwest Florida Teacher Suspended for Obama Comment

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended after students said he used a racial epithet directed at
presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher Greg Howard reportedly wrote the word CHANGE as an acronym on the board and wrote an expletive with the letter 'N.'

The phrase he wrote has alternately be reported as "Can You Help A (expletive) Get Elected" and "Come Help A (expletive) Get Elected."

The incident happened last Friday at Marianna Middle School.

The Jackson County School Board said today that Howard has been
suspended without pay for 10 days and will be transferred to the
Jackson County Adult Education program. He is also required to
submit a letter of apology to his students and attend diversity and
sensitivity training.

Marianna is near Florida's border both with Alabama and Georgia.

A message left for a Greg Howard in Marianna was not immediately
returned.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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