Monsignor Placed on Leave After Assaulting Youth The Roman Catholic Church has decided that Monsignor Geoff Baron should take a leave from his job. The Australian priest got upset at some young people who used the grounds of a cathedral for skateboarding. He slapped a young person across the head, shouted obscenities. He called a skateboarder a "little foreigner" with "sleepy eyes" and "black hair." We know what he did and said because the incident was videotaped, and placed on YouTube.
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Monsignor Placed on Leave After Assaulting Youth

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

The Roman Catholic Church has decided that Monsignor Geoff Baron should take a leave from his job. The Australian priest got upset at some young people who used the grounds of a cathedral for skateboarding. He slapped a young person across the head. He shouted obscenities. He called a skateboarder a little foreigner with sleepy eyes and black hair. We know what he did and said because the incident was videotaped. It was then placed on YouTube, which is why he is now in trouble.

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