Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM | 1712 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black president.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday to fire science teacher Gil Voigt.

Voigt didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him.

Voigt, who is white, says 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 wasn't credible.

The referee also cited other incidents over the years in which he says Voigt made other racial or insulting remarks.

Voigt had been on unpaid leave since December.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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Lowest paid job
April 18, 2014
Teachers are one of the lowest paid job to do the most important thing; educate your children. Yet, a once respected job has been demoted to the bottom of the barrel. Politicians managed to ruin the teaching profession. Teachers are scrutinized and at this point have no rights. I agree that we can't afford another president like Barack Obama. You can't fire someone for stating your opinion. The whole race issue is out of control. Blacks can say anything but white can't. Really?
April 18, 2014
Don't worry Gil you can always get a job on FOX!
Local taxpayer
April 20, 2014
Says the guy living at home with his mom.
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