Marianna teacher 'told students what 'CHANGE' stood for' | Jackson County Floridan By KATE McCARDELL / Floridan Staff Writer Published: October 2, 2008 The Jackson County School Board has taken action against a teacher who apparently made racial commentary on presidential candidate Barack Obama. According to parents and students in Greg Howards seventh-grade social studies class, Howard on Friday, Sept. 26 asked the class a question regarding Obamas call for change, and proceeded to write out what the letters C-H-A-N-G-E stood for. She told me that he wrote on the board Can You Help A (expletive) Get Elected, and then laughed about it, said Shelia Christian, a mother of one of Howards students. Jackson County Superintendent Danny Sims said that description of this incident was pretty accurate. Sims said Howard apparently repeated the action in more than one class, having made the comment in a couple of periods. According to a news release from the school board, Howard was suspended with pay on Monday, Sept. 29. On Wednesday Howard was given a written reprimand regarding his actions, and those actions will be reported to the Florida Department of Education Office of Professional Practices, according to the school board. As of Thursday, he was suspended without pay for 10 days, was relieved of his football coaching duties, and will be transferred to the Jackson County Adult Education program, according to JCSB. Howard is also required to submit a letter of apology to the students involved, and is required to attend diversity and sensitivity training, the school board reported. Sims said Howards racial commentary was not directed at any students, but were directed at a political party. Weve handled this swiftly and weve handled it with a concern that were not going to tolerate it and this is a pretty stiff (action). The situation is behind us and were ready to move forward, said Sims. My daughter came home very upset after that happened. When youre in school teaching our kids, youre supposed to be teaching them whats right by the law, not whats right in your opinion. This is not the stone ages. We dont come through the back door anymore. I raise my kids to be respectful and they should be led by example, said Christian.