Ohio Teacher on Paid Leave After Racist Facebook Post

Photo courtesy of CleveScene.com

Photo courtesy of CleveScene.com

Something about Halloween seems to bring out the real racist in folks.

Case in point, after a few teens allegedly vandalized property near his house, an Akron teacher decided to take action and post a scathing, n-word filled rant on his Facebook page.

The teacher, David Spondike, has since been put on paid administrative leave as Akron Public Schools investigate the racist comments. In the post, which Spondike deleted shortly after posting, the music history teacher rattled off several racial slurs and expletives, ending the rant by telling the teens to return to where they came from; “the ghetto”. Below is the complete Facebook post:

I don’t mind if you come to my neighborhood from the ghetto to trick-or-treat. But when you whip out your teeny d**ks and piss on the telephone pole in front of my yard and a bunch of preschoolers and toddlers, you can take your nigger-a** back where it came from. I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but niggers, stay out!

Since the incident, Spondike has responded via Facebook with the following statement:

1. The post contains the “n-word”.

2. I sincerely apologize to those who are sincerely offended by the post; it was promptly removed.

3. I am not going to say that “someone hacked my Facebook page”, like most people do.

4. “Racism” implies prejudging, which is clearly not what happened here.

5. Making any excuse for allowing one race to use a word and condemning another race for using the same word is institutionalized racism in and of itself, regardless of the justification used.

6. The incident surrounds the criminal behavior described below, where a teenager exposed himself in front of young children, urinating on a telephone pole in broad daylight during trick-or-treating.

Unfortunately this is not the teacher’s first run-in with questionable behavior. In February of 2001, a fellow teacher complained Spondike reprimanded him for “not doing anything to a student with very baggy pants.” That same month, Spondike spit on the floor because a student fell asleep in his class.

The Akron Schools will hold a hearing on this case, and the Akron Education Association is also investigating.

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