Teacher to Kid: 'We Don't Need Another Black President'
Board: And we don't need a racist teacher
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2013 9:45 AM CST

(Newser) – There are probably all kinds of great responses a teacher can make to a student who says he wants to grow up to be president. "We don't need another black president" would not be among them. A white teacher in Fairfield, Ohio, has been suspended without pay and faces dismissal after doing just that, reports the Journal-News. The local board of education took action after four students who overheard the conversation backed up the allegations against veteran freshman teacher Gil Voigt.

The board took their word over Voigt's, who said he got misquoted, reports the Cincinnati Inquirer. He can still appeal the ruling. “He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive," says the school superintendent. "We just felt this teacher had crossed the line." It probably didn't help Voigt's case that he had been disciplined in 2008 for making an "inappropriate racial comment."

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Jan 25, 2014 3:49 PM CST
Kid to Teacher: We don't need another failed teacher.
Dec 29, 2013 12:24 PM CST
If the teacher was saying it as in 'we don't need another President to win the election because he is black (female, white, male, purple, transexual)', then I think the teacher was correct and his words may have been taken out of context.
Dec 29, 2013 11:14 AM CST
unfortunate that the most socialist president in modern history is part black.