Ohio Teacher Suspended For ‘We Don’t Need Another Black President’ Remark

Source: AP / theGrio

FAIRFIELD, Ohio  — A southwest Ohio teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn’t need another black president has been disciplined.

The Fairfield board of education this week suspended teacher Gil Voigt without pay. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported that board president Dan Murray said that the suspension is the first step in the termination process.

When a black student in the northern Cincinnati suburb earlier this month said he wanted to be president, the white teacher made an apparent reference to President Barack Obama, according to school officials, and allegedly said: “We don’t need another black president.”

Voigt, who has taught at Fairfield since 2000, reportedly told school officials he was misquoted. A telephone message left for him Friday wasn’t immediately returned. He has 10 days after he is formally notified to appeal before the school board.

“He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive,” Murray said. “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.”

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  • thomasbone63

    Thats the first step, second step equal dismissal.

  • Nancy Cronk

    Fire him.

  • tbetter1

    What we don’t need is another racists teacher!

  • Bonnie

    I want to know what Murray meant by “different”?

    • Jennifer

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • robbiecee

    Well Murray; you might be in for a rude awakening!- you might get just that!

  • Dee

    I’m certainly not defending the teacher’s comments, but when I was teaching, I heard students and teachers say way worse things about President Bush.

    • nateynuclear

      Still, that’s just one person. This teacher (allegedly) insulted an entire group of people.