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Apr 22 2014

OH Teacher Fired for Racist Statement to Student

Remember the teacher from Fairfield, Ohio who was accused of telling a black student who said he wanted to be president that we didn’t need another black president after Obama? He’s been fired after a state investigation found his version of the story lacked credibility.

An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn’t need another black commander in chief.

The Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday night to fire science teacher Gil Voigt from Fairfield Freshman School, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1kIkFmQ ).

“The district felt that the evidence was sufficient to support the termination of Mr. Voigt’s employment,” Superintendent Paul Otten said in statement…

Voigt, who is white, told school officials that what he actually told the teen was that he doesn’t think the nation can afford another president like Barack Obama, “whether he’s black or white.”

A state referee investigating Voigt found that explanation was not credible.

The referee also found Voigt had made other offensive comments in class over the years, including an accusation that in 2008, he trained his laser pointer at a black student and said he looked like “an African-American Rudolph.”

Voigt told school officials that he was only repeating what another student had said but later acknowledged his conduct had been inappropriate.

In 2012, Voigt was accused of calling a student stupid and implying that he and some of his classmates were gay.

In that incident, Voigt denied making any insulting comments to students and told school officials that a group of students in his class were colluding against him.

The state referee found Voigt’s explanation for those two incidents to also be not credible.

Maybe he and John Freshwater can form a club for Ohio teachers fired for cause.

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  1. 1
    Alverant

    How soon before he claims his free speech rights were violated. You know, like that mayor in Missouri who was pressured to resign after saying he “kinda agreed” with that anti-Jewish shooter.

  2. 2
    moarscienceplz

    So a black kid says he’d like to become president one day and this douchenozzle immediately assumes he’d act just like Barack Obama? Nope, not racist at all, nosiree!
    I wonder how this sooper-genius explains Clarence Thomas, since all black folk act the same, and all.

  3. 3
    Marcus Ranum

    A racist, and without the courage of his own convictions. Which means he knows he’s wrong but does it anyway. Hardly qualities one looks for in a teacher!

  4. 4
    colnago80

    Re Alverant @ #1

    The mayor in question has resigned.

    http://goo.gl/EbJ0gv

  5. 5
    Alverant

    Re colnago80 @ !4
    I thought I said that. He whined about free speech protections as if it meant he could say what he want without other people saying he was wrong.

  6. 6
    caseloweraz

    I’m also concerned that he pointed a laser pointer at a student’s face for a joke. True, laser pointers are class 1 or class 2 devices, which means they’re generally safe. This still could engender a less careful attitude in some students that would lead to trouble with more powerful lasers.

  7. 7
    caseloweraz

    Lo and behold, I just stumbled across an advert for a Class IIIa Green Laser Pointer.

    “Use it wisely,” the ad warns.

    Then there are those other laser products, which fall well within Class IV.

    Disclaimer: I’ve long coveted one of those other laser products. But I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford one.

  8. 8
    Artor

    The purple ones that can pop balloons at 100 yds. are cool. If you know a good maker, you can rig one up from the guts of a dead blu-ray player.

  9. 9
    freehand

    In 2012, Voigt was accused of calling a student stupid and implying that he and some of his classmates were gay.
    .
    Stupid like Alan Turing, or Leonardo da Vinci?

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