Fairfield teacher accused of racial slur loses job
Michael D. Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
3:56 p.m. EDT April 18, 2014
The Fairfield teacher accused of slurring an African -American student
lost his job Thursday in the wake of a labor hearing that concluded
with that recommendation.
Freshman science teacher Gil Voigt has been on unpaid leave since December.
the Fairfield Board of Education received a state referee's decision
that "there is good and just cause to terminate the teaching contract,"
the board voted 4-0 Thursday evening, with one board member absent,
to end his employment with the Butler County school system.
has declined to comment but told The Enquirer on Friday he plans to
appeal the referee's ruling with the Butler County Court of Appeals.
Fairfield Superintendent Paul Otten also recommended the board discontinue the veteran teacher's employment contract.
district felt that the evidence was sufficient to support the
termination of Mr. Voigt's employment. The referee recommended such
termination, and the board has concurred," said Otten in a statement
released Thursday evening.
Voigt is alleged to have told an
African-American student at Fairfield Freshman School, who had professed
his desire to follow Barack Obama as president, that "we do not need
another black president."
Voigt has previously said he was misquoted by the student, whom he described as troublesome.
suspension has drawn national attention and the condemnation of
officials in the Butler County school system as well as area NAACP
He later told Fairfield officials that what he said to
the teen was, "I think we can't afford another president like Obama,
whether he's black or white."
The Ohio Department of Education will conduct its own investigation after being notified of Voigt's employment status.
department's investigation will determine whether Voigt should have his
teaching license limited, suspended – from one day to up to five years –
or revoked entirely, prohibiting him from teaching in Ohio.
Voigt now has the option of appealing the referee's decision to Butler County Common Pleas Court within 30 days.