Ga. principal reassigned after showing video

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A high school principal has been reassigned after a comedian’s “Can’t Fix Stupid” routine drew complaints from teachers after it was shown during a faculty meeting, officials said.

Muscogee County Superintendent Susan Andrews reassigned Columbus High School Principal Marvin Crumbs, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Crumbs showed the video as a “morale booster” during an after-school faculty meeting April 9, school district spokeswoman Valerie Fuller said.

The video Fuller says teachers were shown features comedian Ron White discussing female anatomy and plastic surgery. It concludes by saying there’s one deficiency no pill or operation can repair: “You can’t fix stupid... Stupid is forever.”

When school district officials viewed the video clip later, “it was deemed or determined inappropriate for the setting -- in a professional, education environment, at that time -- although it was only shown to faculty,” Fuller said.

Crumbs will be working in “the department of academics” in a public education center, Fuller said. Crumbs could not be reached by the Ledger-Enquirer on Tuesday or The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Several students gathered in the school auditorium Wednesday morning to show support for Crumbs. The students have started a petition in an effort to get him reinstated, Fuller said.

School board chairwoman Cathy Williams said that what she described as a momentary “lapse of judgment” was an exception to Crumbs’ other work for the district.

“From what I know from parents, from students, and from the faculty, he has an outstanding reputation” and has been an effective principal, Williams said.

Crumbs can appeal the decision to the school board, Fuller said.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/18/12 - 12:01 pm
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Poor Marvin. Unfortunately,

Poor Marvin. Unfortunately, he now appears to be a perfect example of Ron White's irreverent modern proverb.

jasper1
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jasper1 04/18/12 - 12:25 pm
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And the irony of this whole

And the irony of this whole thing is that Ron White's routine couldn't be more accurate! People don't like to hear the truth!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/18/12 - 01:05 pm
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If you checked the

If you checked the principal's test scores and graduation rates he might have been "shootin' straight" when he showed the movie. @jasper1; spot on!

raul
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raul 04/18/12 - 03:01 pm
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As a local talk show host is

As a local talk show host is known to say, "Lighten up snapperheads!"

raul
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raul 04/18/12 - 02:27 pm
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Oh, you can see what the tizy

Oh, you can see what the tizy was about on youtube. Ron White Stupid is Forever. Gee, I thought it was pretty funny.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 04/18/12 - 05:46 pm
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As the video shown says,
Unpublished

As the video shown says, "Can't Fix Stupid," which applies to the teachers who complained and the Administration who reassigned him.

csraguy
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csraguy 04/18/12 - 11:59 pm
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He should certainly appeal

He should certainly appeal and then fire the few idiot teachers who are so stuck up and prefer to live in a fake society. Lighten up.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 04/19/12 - 05:34 am
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Don't you just love this PC

Don't you just love this PC world we live in? I think I will sue Rick McKee and the AC. I am a redneck and a golfer. Actually more of a hacker or a duffer. Which makes me deeply offended by Mr. McKee's recent cartoon. You have to admit it makes about as much sense.

Now back to reality... I loved that particular cartoon, so don't worry Rick and AC staff. But like I said above, it does make about as much sense.

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Little Lamb 04/22/12 - 03:40 pm
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This principal did

This principal did outstanding work at his middle school — raising academic performance and engaging students to excel. Because of his hard work and success, he was rewarded with a promotion to high school principal.

Now, for his first lapse in judgment (a lapse that did not affect a single student), he is reassigned, effectively torpedoing his career as an administrator. That is sad and a wrong decision on the part of the superintendent. We will never know whether the decision was made by the superintendent and rubber stamped by the board or made by the board who ordered the superintendent to fall upon her sword.

But the correct response would have been to recognize it was a first offence, counsel the principal, put a letter of reprimand in his file. If he goes for a year without subsequent lapses in judgment and taste, then remove the letter from his file and destroy it.

Those complaining faculty should apologize for sabotaging his career over one mistake.

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