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A teacher from Fairfield, Ohio has been suspended without pay after telling a student “We don’t need another black President.”
Gil Voigt has been a teacher for 13 years, but the school is now taking steps to try and terminate him after he said the insensitive racial remarks to an African American student who showed ambition to be President some day.
“He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive. 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.”
This isn’t the first time the teacher has gotten into trouble for racial remarks, as he was given a verbal warning in April of 2008, and another in November 2008.
Superintendent Paul Otten said of the case:
“Obviously we’re very disheartened to have this situation with any of our staff members,” Otten said. “It’s not something we’re proud of, and it’s something we must not tolerate.”
Hopefully this teacher can learn his lesson so no more students have to suffer his racial insensitivity.