Ohio Teacher Suspended After Racist Facebook Rant About Halloween [Details]

Rucuss staffOctober 30, 2013

Administrators put a Ohio high school teacher on paid administrative leave after he posted a racist rant about trick-or-treaters on Facebook.

In the rant, Firestone High School music teacher David Spondike wrote on Sunday that children from the “ghetto” came to his neighborhood to trick-or-treat and he was upset that one of the children urinated on a telephone pole near his front yard. The N-word is used twice in the post.

Someone forwarded the post to local news stations. The school placed the 51-year-old teacher on paid administrative leave on Monday and released a statement saying his actions were inappropriate.

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Spondike’s language offended some of his Facebook friends and when they lashed out at him for his choice words, he tried to defend his actions.

“That [racial slur] word more than 25 times a day in a public school, where it is used thousands of times every day by black people,” Spondike said on Facebook. “I wish Firestone High School, and I am sure at other schools would stop openly and unabashedly using the word [racial slur]. Racism is racism and to allow one race to use [a] word and not another IS racist. What I said was absolutely NOT racist by any stretch of the imagination.”

Spondike continued to vent on another post,“If you want to go after racists, go after racists. If you want to be a language policeman, I suggest you find yourself in a George Orwell novel. When I try to get the teenagers in my school to stop using the word [racial slur], I only get laughed at.”

Spondike, who has since deleted his Facebook account, has had his fair share of mishaps. He has also been accused of choking a student, throwing a chair in the classroom, yelling expletives at students and spitting on the floor when he became angry, WKYC reports.

Photo via TheBlaze.com


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