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Teacher to student with Presidential aspirations - "We do not need another black president"

Posted by on Dec. 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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A teacher in Ohio was suspended this week for allegedly telling an ambitious young African-American student that the country does "not need another black president."

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gil Voigt was suspended without pay from Fairfield Freshman School on Monday, the first step necessary for termination. The teacher has 10 days to ask to for a hearing before the school board or a referee.

Superintendent Paul Otten told the Journal-News that the incident occurred while Voigt was speaking to an African-American student who had presidential aspirations.

"We do not need another black president," Voigt reportedly said.

"He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive," Fairfield City Schools Board President Dan Murray explained. "We take diversity in our school district very seriously with tolerance of people who are different. We just felt this teacher had crossed the line."

Voigt has also received four other reprimands in recent years, including one for an "inappropriate racial comment" in 2008.

The 13-year Freshman School teacher makes a salary of $73,566, which is over $33,000 more than the average Ohio public school employee.

“Obviously we’re very disheartened to have this situation with any of our staff members,” Otten admitted. “It’s not something we’re proud of, and it’s something we must not tolerate.”

by on Dec. 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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shannonnigans
by Gold Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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If I was Gil Voigt, I'd simply say the student was being "disruptive." That seems to be the excuse du jour re discrimination.
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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Dec. 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

*head desk* Jeebus. 

billsfan1104
by Jules on Dec. 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM
I will wait until there is proof.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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Superintendent Paul Otten told the Journal-News that the incident occurred while Voigt was speaking to an African-American student who had presidential aspirations.

 

The Superintendent verified the incident

Quoting billsfan1104: I will wait until there is proof.

 

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Wow. Just... damn.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

billsfan1104
by Jules on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM
Your point??? This teacher has a right to defend himself, against these allegations.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 


Superintendent Paul Otten told the Journal-News that the incident occurred while Voigt was speaking to an African-American student who had presidential aspirations.


 


The Superintendent verified the incident


Quoting billsfan1104: I will wait until there is proof.

 

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM
That's just sad. It's one of the reasons I really wanted Obama to be a kick ass pres. People who can't reason their way out of a paper sack will now judge all black presidents to come on his performance instead of their own merits.
Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM
Seeing how this was their fourth incident they need to retire.
lga1965
by Ruby Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM
Oh sure ;-)

Quoting billsfan1104: I will wait until there is proof.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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The first thing that caught my attention, outside of the obvious, was the tolerance for those who are different. What the hell.
This man does not need to be a teacher.
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