US teacher fired over comment on black president

Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 23:33

Cincinnati: A US teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn`t need another black president.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 yesterday to fire Gil Voigt.

Voigt didn`t immediately return a call for comment today but has said the student misquoted him.

Voigt, who is white, says what he actually told the teen was that he doesn`t think the nation can afford another president like Barack Obama, "whether he`s black or white."

A state referee investigating Voigt found that explanation wasn`t credible.

The referee also found Voigt had made other offensive comments in class over the years.
Voigt may appeal his firing to a court.

He had been on unpaid leave since December following a parent`s complaint about the Obama remark.

PTI

First Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 23:33

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