A Cincinnati high school teacher has been suspended without pay after allegedly making racially insensitive comments to a student.
Gil Voigt, a white Fairfield Freshman School teacher who also faces the prospect of dismissal, is accused of telling a black male student, “We do not need another black president” after the student said he’d like to become president one day.
The 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.
It 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.
Last year Voigt was given a verbal warning after allegedly belittling a student and calling him stupid. Following a complaint from the student’s parents, the teen was removed from Voigt’s classroom.
On Monday, the Fairfiled Board of Education suspended Voigt. He has 10 days to request a hearing before the school board/referee.
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