College Student Ryan Rotela Suspended for Not Stomping on Name of 'Jesus'

| by Michael Allen

Ryan Rotela, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Davie, Florida, claims that his instructor Dr. Deandre Poole told his Intercultural Communications class to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper and then stomp on it three weeks ago.

Ryan said that while some of his classmates did it, he did not, per WPEC-TV.

"Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word 'Jesus,' it says that the word has no value," said Ryan, who is a Mormon and goes to church every Sunday.

According to, Ryan claims he went to Dr. Poole's supervisor -- an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University -- to discuss his concerns, and has since been suspended from the class.

"Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse," Florida Atlantic University said in a statement. "While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate."

Florida Atlantic University says the teacher was doing a classroom exercise from a textbook entitled, "Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition."

Sources: WPEC-TV and