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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.


12Infiniti(5 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

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

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2eevo(51 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week 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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3Repubs4theRich(124 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Oh no. Open mouth and insert foot. Tell us teacher how you really feel.

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4daar2055(54 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week 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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