*Raise your hand if you ever get the feeling some people need to keep their damn mouth shut! Keep ’em up if you agree they should be fired when they don’t!
This may be your advice to a teacher who was fired after allegations that he told a black student who voiced his desire to become president that the nation didn’t need another Barack Obama, whether he’s black or white. In essence, we don’t need another black president.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 Thursday to fire Gil Voigt.
The teacher, and please note that I use that term loosely, did not immediately return a call for comment on Friday but now says the student misquoted him.
A likely story, yes?
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 the explanation not credible.
As is often the case, this would not mark the first time someone making these type of comments, had not made similar comments in the past. For example, in 2008, Voight is said to have trained his laser pointer at a black student and commented he looked like “an African-American Rudolph.”
In 2012, Voigt is said to have called a student “stupid” and implied 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 also found Voigt’s explanation for those two incidents to lack credibility.
The teacher has the option to appeal his firing in court. He has been on unpaid leave since December following a parent’s complaint about the Obama remark.
Thanks to TheGrio.com for excerpts used in this story.