The Boonville School District is standing by its superintendent following an investigation into the rodeo clown incident. The investigation by the district clears Dr. Mark Ficken of any wrongdoing stemming from the incident at the Missouri State Fair earlier this month. The report, prepared by a former Missouri Public Schools Superintendent and a former Missouri Attorney General, says Dr. Ficken was incorrectly credited as the man making disparaging remarks about President Obama, when in fact, they say, it was a rodeo clown.
BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event that mocked President Barack Obama.
An attorney for Boonville School Superintendent Mark Ficken said Tuesday that his client resigned from the rodeo association to protest its response to the Saturday incident.
Ficken was the rodeo announcer.
But attorney Albert Watkins says it was a rodeo clown wearing a microphone - not Ficken - who riled up the crowd as a bull chased a man wearing an Obama mask. The act was widely criticized by Missouri officials as disrespectful of Obama.
Watkins says Ficken resigned because the association had not barred the rodeo clown from its group.
The Boonville School District is hiring an investigator to look into Ficken's role in the event.
Missouri State Fair officials are apologizing after a clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."
Officials said the performance Saturday in Sedalia was "inappropriate" and "does not reflect the opinions or standards" of the fair, but it's unclear if the performers involved will face any consequences.
Governor Jay Nixon, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill also weighed in with harsh criticism of the performance.
Kinder tweeted Sunday that it was "disrespectful" to the president and that Missourians are "better than this."
Governor Nixon announced eight acts have been announced so far. Just a few of the performers are Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Toby Keith. Fair officials say four more acts are also in the works. The fair runs from August 8 through August 18 in Sedalia.
For tickets to any of the state fair concerts and more information on the fair, visit MoStateFair.com.