Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act

Aug 28, 2013

State Fair
Credit KBIA

A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for Boonville superintendent Mark Ficken, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.

"My client is proud to be associated with a school district where the reputation of a man is held in high enough esteem to warrant a complete investigation before taking draconian action based on erroneous media reports," Watkins said in a press release obtained by KBIA. 

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 told KCTV that he was just trying to be funny.