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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Protestors filled the halls of Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal's office.

They say his anonymous comments that many found offensive show his true colors and those sentiments have no place in office.

With posters, signs, and pig noses, protesters filled the halls of Superintendent John Huppenthal's office to protect recent comments he made.

"The words that our Superintendent of Public Instruction used have no place even on a school playground, let alone in the head of the Department of Education here in our state," said Lawrence Robinson.

The words he's talking about are comments that were made anonymously on a number of blogs by Huppenthal. He called those who receive public assistance lazy and called them pigs in one post.

"It's really the job of our leaders here in our state to make sure there's an equal playing field, not to actually knock those students down who come to school with fewer opportunities than maybe the middle class kids," said Robinson.

Last night Huppenthal appeared on PBS's program called "Arizona Horizon."

"Um.. Ted, I shouldn't have; it was a mistake, I let my family down, I let my team at the Dept of Education down, and most of all I let the citizens of Arizona down," said Huppenthal.

"People want to know, they understand that you're apologetic, but what made you say it in the first place," asked the host of Arizona Horizon.

Huppenthal only apologized for his actions despite being asked multiple times.

"Those comments don't reflect the way I think, don't reflect what's in my heart, and they certainly don't reflect my actions as superintendent," said Huppenthal.

"Enough is enough, it's time that Superintendent Huppenthal focus on the education of our students instead of focusing on being a bully to those same students," said Robinson.

Although the protesters want Huppenthal to resign, he has said he has no plans to.
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