Ohio Teacher Fired For Racist Facebook Rant
The Ohio music teacher who posted an extremely racist Facebook rant to his page last fall has officially been fired. The Akron school board unanimously voted earlier this week to terminate the contract of David Spondike, calling it a “difficult” but “right” decision to make. Spondike was previously suspended last October for a week without pay after admitting that his account was not hacked.
“The thing that bothers me, how can you have these thoughts or make them known in a public forum, when we have such large African American populations at Firestone High School?” asked Akron Schools Superintendent David James.
Spondike allegedly wrote his rant after trick-or-treaters behaved inappropriately near his property. In the racist Facebook post, Spondike wrote: “When you whip out your teeny d*cks and piss on the telephone pole in front of my yard and a bunch of preschoolers and toddlers, you can take your ni**er-ass back where it came from. I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but ni**ers, stay out!”
In a later post, Spondike acknowledged using the racist term in his Facebook rant and apologized. However, he also insinuated that it was hypocritical for black people to get upset about whites using the N-word. “I am not going to say that ’someone hacked my Facebook page,’ like most people do. Racism implies prejudging, which is clearly not what happened here,” he wrote. “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.”
The racist rant marks the fourth time that Spondike had faced disciplinary action from the Akron Public School District. He was also punished for throwing a chair against a wall and spitting on the floor in front of a student. He was also accused of physically assaulting a middle school student, but there was not enough evidence to file charges.
(Photo: Firestone High School)