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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Lauderdale County High School football coach who was recorded making derogatory comments about the First Lady and gays has been suspended.

Bob Grisham, who is also a psychology and driver's education teacher, was suspended for 10 days without pay. The Lauderdale County School Board met at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the matter.

Grisham will have to attend mandatory sensitivity classes and meet with the assistant superintendent once a month.

The board has also removed him from his 5th period psychology class, and he will be given a different assignment.

Some people were pleased with the Board's decision; others think the punishment should have been tougher.

"I think it's fair because I'm a big supporter of Mr. Grisham. I've known him for years," said Lee Barclay. "He's taught my children. My son played football under him. He's a good Christian man; he just misspoke that day."

"I think he should be suspended more days than they gave him because we all have thoughts and thinking in our mind but don't say it out loud to kids," said Christine Perkins.

Grisham was recorded during an anti-gay rant last week. GLBT activists called for his dismissal.

Board members were unable to comment on the situation. However, they did release a statement saying they were disappointed in the actions and statements of Grisham.

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