‘We Don’t Need Another Black President’ Says White Teacher To Black Student

200443854-001Part of a teacher’s job is to encourage and motivate students, but one teacher in Ohio didn’t seem to get the memo. He’s been suspended without pay and may be dismissed for allegedly telling a black student, “We don’t need another black president.”

Science teacher Gil Voigt allegedly made the statement in response to one of his black students telling him he wanted to be president. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Voigt said his statement was misquoted by the student, who he said was not a very good student and was troublesome in class.”

This isn’t the first time Voigt has landed in trouble for improper behavior:

He received a verbal warning for making an inappropriate racial comment in 2008. That year he also received a verbal warning for improper use of school technology.

Last year he received a verbal warning after allegedly calling a student “stupid” and belittling him. He received a written warning last month for failure to use the adopted curriculum.

Okay, so he’s a racist and a bully who has a problem following orders. Why does he still have a job?

Sorry, but I don’t think you can give people in charge of teaching children a pass when it comes to racist statements. I know teachers aren’t perfect, but to model racist behavior and get away with it sends some really damaging messages kids. We don’t need another black president? That he would have a job after saying something so blatantly racist is unacceptable – especially since he appears to be a repeat offender.

Four other students have corroborated the teens story. Voigt has 10 days to request a hearing before the school board.

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    • whiteroses

      As a teacher, you can have as many of your own opinions as you want. But as far as your students are concerned, they shouldn’t exist. I’m an observant Christian- but unless I taught in a Christian school, that really wasn’t relevant to my students. Your job is to model good behaviors and present information in a fun, engaging and successful way. If you can’t do that without belittling your students or spouting racist propaganda, you need to find a new profession.

    • seredipty12fe

      This guy planted a seed in this childs head that he will never forget.

    • Alicia Kiner

      Right, cause this country needs a bigoted teacher spouting hate. And that line about the kid being a poor student and troublemaker… major c.y.a right there.

      • Justme

        If that’s the teacher and school’s excuse and “CYA,” they might need to find a good lawyer, because that is a TERRIBLE defense.

      • Alicia Kiner

        agreed

    • Cee

      See, this is where I am convinced that some Fox nuts and conservative’s major hate for Obama (80%of it) does not come because of his policies, but that behind it is some deep seeded racism. Some people just can’t stand that the president is not a white, Christian man with a white man’s name. The election of this president is revealing a lot of people’s true thoughts.

    • Kay_Sue

      What we don’t need is bullies for teachers.

    • Rosalind Barnes Hebron

      This teacher should have be FIRED ALREADY! No pay, security will assist you in gathering your belongings. He is a racist; and shouldn’t ever be allowed to work with ANY children, EVER AGAIN.

      • sri

        He has to have 10 days to appeal. That’s a union rule, and it kinda sucks in this case, but I’ve seen it save more than one awesome teacher. My coworker was almost dismissed because he said that his neighbor teacher would get mad if he interrupted her class to get new batteries (she would be, too). The neighbor found out, got pissy, and demanded he be dismissed. She’s friends with the administration and he missed a few days due to a family medical crisis, so they tried to dismiss him. The union negotiated it down to a suspension of the time he was already out of the classroom.

        The district union president was almost dismissed when the administration changed a few years ago, just for being the head of the union. The administration made up false reports about her, and they were able to check the dates and times to completely disprove what was said. For example, one of the reports was from someone who was in another building at the time of observation. They had already filled her position by the time the case was over, but another teacher retired at the end of the year and she was reinstated.

        Does it suck that clearly bad teachers can use the system to keep going? Hell yes. Does it make me angry that teachers like that give good teachers a bad name? Of course. However, for the sake of good teachers getting screwed by the system, the appeals process has to be in place. Hopefully, even if he does appeal, he doesn’t get to keep his job.

    • Zettai

      What a bastard. Period.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      I’m a teacher and totally ashamed that this guy is in the same profession. Teachers can’t bring in controversial things, especially if it’s stuff most people consider offensive, like this. What a tool.

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