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Music Class No Longer Taught By Plain-Speaking Instructor

March 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:13 p.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The University of Arkansas has

rremoved a music professor from the classroom because a student

complained of offensive content in his lectures.

Some students former students in Kabin Thomas's

music-appreciation classes are trying to rally suppport for the

teacher.

Thomas was reassigned by university officials on February 24th

after a student complained about foul language and adult humor he

used while teaching the class. Two other instructors now teach

three sections of the music appreciation course that Thomas had

taught for a decade.

Thomas says he always warned his classes at the beginning of a

semester that those offended by foul language and adult humor

should drop his class. He said that, in late January, a female

student approached him after class and told him she was taking him

up on his offer -- and also filing a formal complaint against him.

Thomas declined to name the student.

More than a third of the 908 students in Thomas's classes have

either signed a petition calling for his reinstatement or joined a

protest group called ``Save Kabin'' on a Web site that hosts Web

logs, commonly known as blogs.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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