A high school teacher in Ohio has been suspended without pay and faces possible termination after allegedly making racially insensitive statements to a student earlier this month.
Gil Voigt, a teacher at Fairfield Freshman School, has 10 days to request a hearing before the school board or a referee, after telling a black male student, “We do not need another black president” after the student said he would like to become president.
According to a report from the school’s superintendent the incident occurred on Dec. 3, and several other students were witnesses. Voigt was previously disciplined in 2008 for making racially insensitive comments and for using school technology improperly.
“We intend to uphold board policies and to hold teachers accountable for the essential functions of the teacher job description,” Martin said.
Voigt is accused of violating board policies related to staff ethics, staff-student relations and harassment.
According to the report, Voigt said his statement was misquoted by the student, who he said was not a very good student and was troublesome in class.