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.