A teacher in Ohio is in big trouble after making some racially charged comments to a student. Gil Voigt has been suspended without pay after telling a student that “We don’t need another black president.”
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the student told the teacher that he wanted to become president one day. That’s when witnesses say that the teacher made his terrible remarks.
The incident took place at Fairfield Freshman School, and Fairfield City Schools Board President Dan Murray says that the suspension is the first step toward the teacher’s termination.
“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.”
The teacher has been disciplined in the past for other odd behavior. In 2008, he was given a warning for an “inappropriate and racial comment,” and also accused of “improper use of social technology.” Finally, he was warned a third time for comments he made toward a student. It appears that he should have been fired long ago and is a symptom of why terrible teachers remain in the classroom.
“Obviously we’re very disheartened to have this situation with any of our staff members,” Otten said to Journal-News. “It’s not something we’re proud of, and it’s something we must not tolerate.”