Teacher Suspended After Writing Racial Slurs About Trick-or-Treaters on Facebook
David Spondike was recently suspended by Akron Firestone High School where he teaches music in Akron, Ohio.
Spondike went on a racist rant this weekend on Facebook about some neighborhood trick-or-treaters, whom he called the "N-word" twice.
According to CleveScene.com, Spondike wrote on his Facebook page:
I don’t mind if you come from the ghetto to trick or treat, but when you whip out your teeny d---- and p---- on the telephone pole in front of my front yard and some preschoolers and toddlers, you can take your n------ a-- back where it came from. I don’t have anything against anyone of any color, but n------, stay out!”
Before deleting his Facebook page this morning, Spondike posted an angry half-baked "apology" defending his actions:
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.
The Akron Firestone High School student body is about half black, half white, reports USNews.com.
“I was actually shocked that a person who's in a school that has a large minority population who actually lives in the neighborhood, who works with kids of color on a daily basis, with staff members or with a superintendent, with a lot of different officials, we're in a multicultural society," Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James told AkronNewsNow.com. "I was actually shocked and very disappointed."
James said Spondike may have violated school district policies about racist language in non-instructional settings and the use of technology.