A teacher in Ohio was suspended this week for allegedly telling an ambitious young African-American student that the country does "not need another black president," the Syndicated News Services website reports today (December 26, 2013).
Gil Voigt was suspended without pay from Fairfield Freshman School on December 23 -- the first step necessary for termination. He has 10 days to ask for a hearing before the school board or a referee.
Superintendent Paul Otten said that the incident occurred while Voigt was speaking to an African-American student who had presidential aspirations. "We do not need another black president," Voigt reportedly said.
"He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive," Fairfield City Schools Board President Dan Murray explained. "We just felt this teacher had 'crossed the line,'" he added.