Teacher Airs Daily Show in Class, Gets Suspended

Mayor of Eureka, Illinois, insists it's not just about politics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2011 11:28 AM CST
In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Jon Stewart is shown during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)

(Newser) – Note to teachers: It may not be the best idea to broadcast clips from the Daily Show to your high school students, particularly if you live in a central Illinois town the mayor describes as "very conservative." Said mayor, an uncle to one of the students in Rhett Felix’s class, was one of the people who complained to Eureka High School after learning Felix's students had watched segments of the Jon Stewart show dealing with Herman Cain’s sexual harassment scandal and health insurance. Felix, who taught government and law, was subsequently suspended for six days.

"I did [complain], because of the language and the sexual overtones that were included in the show that were being shown to sophomores in high school," the mayor tells the Chicago Tribune. "Many of the children don't even have TVs in their houses because of religious beliefs." Other parents also complained. Felix will be reassigned, the superintendent says. Of course, if you're not easily offended by the Daily Show, click to watch this hilarious (seriously, hilarious) segment from last night.

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