A science teacher in Fairfield, Ohio, was officially fired Thursday after facing accusations that he told a black student the nation did not need another black commander in chief, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Gil Voigt, who had been on unpaid leave since December, was fired after his termination was recommended at a labor hearing.

Back in December, Voigt’s story became the subject of national scrutiny after he allegedly told a black student who said he wanted to follow in President Obama’s footsteps that “we do not need another black president.”

“There is good and just cause to terminate [Voigt’s] teaching contract,” the state referee’s decision read, which resulted in the Fairfield Board of Education voting to end Voigt’s 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,” Fairfield Superintendent Paul Otten said in a statement on Thursday, according to the Enquirer.

Voigt defended himself, saying that his words were misinterpreted, and what he really said was, “I think we can’t afford another president like [Barack] Obama, whether he’s black or white.”

The Ohio Department of Education is next in line to determine Voigt’s future, the Enquirer notes. According to the news site, the department will lead its own investigation to determine whether his teaching license should be limited, suspended (for up to five years) or completely revoked, which would ban him from teaching in the state.

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6 thoughts on “Ohio Teacher Fired for Telling Student ‘We Don’t Need Another Black President’

  1. Charles L. Davis Sr. on said:

    We have health insurance for the poor, fair wages for low income federal workers. He has kept our country from being attacked by foreigners. I can go on. What bothers me the most is that no matter what President Obama does, somebody or some group will never give him the credit he deserves. You may not like what I am going to say but it is what it is. President Obama is an excellent Road Model not just for people of color, but a person who made it the hard way. Hard work, studying, support from his Moms or Family, and the most important part of my statement (God). So that is what he and God has done for you and me. Or as you put it (US).

  2. Terlene on said:

    Glad he’s been fired. Funny how they always “mis spoke, or misinterpreted.”. Really? He is not a role model for our young people, or any one for that matter. Congrats to the young man who finds our President as an excellent role model. Smh.

  3. micheal on said:

    We don’t need another black president in office? Well, what we don’t need is a FAT NECK, OBESE WHITE MAN WHO CAN’T SIT UP PROPERLY TO GIVE A INTERVIEW! He so fat, he have to eat lying down!

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