Teachers around the country have been under fire for their apparent issues with color as of late.
A teacher in New Mexico was recently suspended for his remarks regarding Santa’s skin tone and now a Ohio teacher has been put on administrative leave for telling a student–who happened to be Black–that the United States does “not need another Black president.”
The board Monday evening suspended Gil Voigt, who has been a teacher at the Freshman School for 13 years, said Board President Dan Murray. It is the first step in the process of terminating the teacher, he said.
Superintendent Paul Otten said the incident took place earlier this month when an African-American student expressed an ambition to be president.
Otten said Voigt had been reprimanded for racially insensitive remarks in the past. A report prepared by Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin lists four instances of discipline: A verbal warning in April 2008 for an “inappropriate racial comment,” another in November 2008 for “improper use of school technology” and a third in December 2013 for “inappropriate comments to students.” He also received a written warning last month for “failure to use adopted curriculum.”
It appears to be a trend with this guy. As a veteran teacher, Voigt has a current salary of $73,566, which is said to be nearly half of what the average teacher in Ohio currently makes.
There were no reports on when Voigt is set to return or if he’ll exercise his right to an appeal.