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Hearing begins for Ohio teacher over Obama comment

Published: Mon, March 10, 2014 @ 2:16 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A hearing has begun for a southwest Ohio teacher who was suspended after allegedly telling a black student that the nation doesn’t need another black president.

Teacher Gil Voigt told The Cincinnati Enquirer today as he walked into the closed hearing he had requested that Fairfield school officials are trying to end his career. He has said previously he was misquoted.

School officials said the white teacher at Fairfield’s freshman school told a black student who said he wanted to be president that the country doesn’t “need another black president.” Voigt claimed he said he thought the country “couldn’t afford another president like [Barack] Obama, whether he’s black or white.”

The veteran teacher was suspended in December. He said his comments didn’t have anything to do with skin color.


1billdog1(5912 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

What an idiot. Even if you don't like Obammy you don't like with out repercussions.

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22Infiniti(5 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The teacher is lying and being disingenuous by saying his comment wasn't racially motivated.

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3eevo(51 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't know any black people personally, but I love them as long as they stay on the TV set.

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4redeye1(5656 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This guy the teacher, is entitled to his own opinion. I'll bet if a black teacher had said we don't need another white president, we would have not heard a word about that. After all don't we have the freedom of speech in this country anymore. Or don't we because of the idiot in the WH is black.

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5daar2055(54 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow....how sad when a teacher has the nerve to crush the spirit of a child. Teachers need to encourage students to be all they can be.

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