Teacher To Kid: 'We Don't Need Another Black Pres.'
Teacher suspended for alleged comment
Several students report racial remark to an African-AmericanFAIRFIELD
— A Fairfield Freshman School teacher has
been suspended without pay and faces the prospect of dismissal after
allegedly making racially insensitive statements to a student earlier
Monday, the Fairfield Board of
Education suspended science teacher Gil Voigt. He has 10 days to
request a hearing before the school board or a referee.
who is white, is accused of telling an African-American male student,
“We do not need another black president” after the student said he would
like to become president.
incident occurred on Dec. 3, with several other students present,
according to a report from Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin, who
conducted a disciplinary hearing on the matter.
isn’t the first time the 14-year Fairfield teacher has been
disciplined. He received a verbal warning for making an inappropriate
racial comment in 2008. That year he also received a verbal warning for
improper use of school technology.
year he received a verbal warning after allegedly calling a student
“stupid” and belittling him. He received a written warning last month
for failure to use the adopted curriculum.
is a rare occurrence. This is the first time I’ve faced it since being
named assistant superintendent (in 2011),” Martin said.
In his report, Martin said he believed four students were interviewed who corroborated the student Voigt was speaking to.
Following a complaint by the student’s parents, the teen was removed from Voigt’s class, Martin said.
intend to uphold board policies and to hold teachers accountable for
the essential functions of the teacher job description,” Martin said.
Voigt is accused of violating board policies related to staff ethics, staff-student relations and harassment.
Voigt was not present at the meeting and could not be reached on Monday for comment.
to the report, Voigt said his statement was misquoted by the student,
who he said was not a very good student and was troublesome in class.
has been a Fairfield teacher since 2000. Before that he taught seven
years in North Carolina, two years in Florida and six years in the
Cincinnati Public Schools.