Eureka High School Teacher Suspended For Showing ‘Daily Show’ In Class
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A downstate teacher has been suspended for showing segments of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” in class that parents found objectionable.
Parents had complained to administrators that the show was inappropriate for the students, because the segments in question included profanity and sexual content.
Teacher Rhett Felix was suspended until Nov. 28 after a school board meeting earlier this week, The Bloomington Pantagraph reported.
Felix teaches a government class at Eureka High School. Administrators said he would be reassigned.
According to published reports, Felix showed segments from the Comedy Central show that centered on sexual harassment charges involving Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Another segment was an interview with a former U.S. House member about giving health insurance discounts to people who exercise.
The class was also shown comments from Stewart, who described that a Internet search of a national politician actually turns up with obscene terms, according to reports.
“We’re a very conservative community here in the city of Eureka,” Mayor Scott Punke told the Chicago Tribune. “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.”