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    'Butt-Printing' Teacher Fired

    RICHMOND, Va. - A high school art teacher who sparked controversy when his off-hours work as a so-called "butt-printing artist" became known has been fired.

    The Chesterfield County School Board, in a unanimous voice vote, decided to terminate Stephen Murmer at a meeting Tuesday night, spokeswoman Debra Marlow said.

    The vote came during a nearly three-hour meeting during which the board heard Chesterfield superintendent Marcus J. Newsome's recommendation that Murmer be fired during a portion of the meeting closed to the public. Murmer and his lawyer, Jason Anthony, also had an opportunity to present their case in closed session, she said.

    The voice vote came after the meeting was opened to the public.


    In its decision, the board reasoned that students have a right to receive their education in a positive learning environment free from distractions and disruptions, Marlow said. The decision also is in keeping with court rulings that hold that teachers are expected to lead by example, be role models and honor core values, she said.

    The school system operates under an ideal that holds respect, responsibility, honesty and accountability as core values for all students and employees to abide, and the board clearly felt that Murmer had gone outside those parameters with his art.

    Afterward, Anthony called the vote "a bad day for the First Amendment."

    "Chesterfield lost a tremendous asset today," he said.

    Murmer, a teacher at Monacan High School, was suspended in December after objections were raised about his private abstract artwork, much of which includes smearing his posterior and genitals with paint and pressing them against canvas.

    His paintings sell for as much as $900 each on his Web site.

    The unique approach to art became a topic when a clip showing Murmer, wearing a fake nose and glasses, a towel on his head and black thong, turned up on YouTube.com.

    That video inevitably made its way to the high school.

    Murmer contacted the American Civil Liberties Union after he was suspended, and ACLU executive director Kent Willis said Tuesday night the case is far from simple.

    "A public employee such as a school teacher has a right to free expression outside the work place so long as that free expression doesn't go beyond his ability to do his job," Willis said after learning of the board's vote to dismiss Murmer.

    "The question is, 'Does his art interfere with his ability to teach?'"

    Willis noted that it wasn't until the county decided to suspend Murmer a month ago that the video illustrating his unusual approach to art became a topic of discussion.

    He said the county has overreacted with its decision to fire Murmer.

    http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/01/10/ap/strange/d8mi6fe00.txt

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    Re: 'Butt-Printing' Teacher Fired

    ughhh... who would pay $900 for that?
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    Re: 'Butt-Printing' Teacher Fired

    How could you fire someone for that. He was doing it at home, it hurt no one.

    If he sues he will win.

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    There are some sick people out there.
    Never amazes the act of human beings especially americans.

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    Re: 'Butt-Printing' Teacher Fired

    "vike_mike" wrote:
    There are some sick people out there.
    Never amazes the act of human beings especially americans.
    How Euro of you.

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    "mr.woo" wrote:
    ughhh... who would pay $900 for that?
    Seriously.

    Hell, If I can get $900 a pop, I'll smear my ass around on some paper no problem.
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    "vike_mike" wrote:
    There are some sick people out there.
    Never amazes the act of human beings especially americans.
    LMAO! That's a little ethnocentric isn't it? We all know that NO ONE in Europe is immoral.
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    "Ltrey" wrote:
    "vike_mike" wrote:
    There are some sick people out there.
    Never amazes the act of human beings especially americans.
    LMAO! That's a little ethnocentric isn't it? We all know that NO ONE in Europe is immoral.
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    Well if the rest of the world hate americans, not that i do, they must have 1 or 2 valid arguments.

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    "jessejames09" wrote:
    "Ltrey" wrote:
    "vike_mike" wrote:
    There are some sick people out there.
    Never amazes the act of human beings especially americans.
    LMAO! That's a little ethnocentric isn't it? We all know that NO ONE in Europe is immoral.
    :
    Well if the rest of the world hate americans, not that i do, they must have 1 or 2 valid arguments.
    If the rest of the world was as brilliant as you come across the global problems would be magnified exponentially.
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    Mostly it is Americans who are concerned with how we look to the world. In reality other countries do things that by our standards would blow this thing out of the water.

    You mean to tell me a country in Europe would get upset over someone painting with their bare ass? Give me a fucking break. This is an American worried about what Europeans think of us applying an american set of expectations for behavior.

    I have a hard time believing a guy painting with his ass would offend anyone in many countries BESIDES America.

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