Teacher Loses Job After Allegedly Telling Student: ‘We Do Not Need Another Black President’
Another teacher has been fired for an inappropriate comment to a student. This time it is Gil Voigt, a science teacher since 2000, who thought it was a good idea to tell an African American student that we do not need another black president. That's the type of encouragement every student needs from a teacher.
He claims he actually said, “I think we can’t afford another president like Obama, whether he’s Black or White.” (yea right). But a look into Voigt’s file shows he was accused in 2008 of referring to a student as an “African-American Rudolph” while aiming a laser pointer at him. Last year, he allegedly called another student “stupid” and others “gay” and failed to use the adopted school curriculum, the latter of which he received a verbal reprimand. Fairfield Superintendent Paul Otten also recommended that the board end the teacher’s employment contract.
“The district felt that the evidence was sufficient to support the termination of Mr. Voigt’s employment. The referee recommended such termination, and the board has concurred,” Otten said in a statement.
When will it be universally understood that free speech does not mean freedom from consequences of said speech? It is amazing to me that there are people who are in the teaching profession who really don't like the children that they teach. He needed to find a new job.