The Boonville school superintendent says he's been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.
An attorney for superintendent Mark Ficken said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.
In a press release, the Board of Education said a report by Dr. Jim Ritter, retired superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, and Rick Williams, retired U.S. Navy Judge Advocate and former Missouri Assistant Attorney General found that Ficken “had no advance knowledge of Mr. [Tuffy] Gessling’s [the clown’s] plan to have someone impersonate President Obama.”
The report also stated that Ficken committed no wrongdoing and it would not interfere with his role as Boonville superintendent.
Board members then unanimously voted to accept the report's findings.
Ficken was an announcer at the rodeo but has said he was unaware a clown was going to rile up the crowd to watch a bull charge a man wearing an Obama mask. Some initial media reports attributed the remarks to the announcer, not the rodeo clown.
The Boonville School District sought an independent review of Ficken's role after the Aug. 10 incident.
Rodeo Clown Tuffy Gessling said he wasn't being hateful, but just trying to be funny.